An Environmental philosophical analysis of ecosystem health

Saraç, Yüksel
The aim of this study is to qualify the notion of ecosystem health by taking the origin of the 'health' concept into consideration and discuss how to find solutions to some environmental problems, arising from the combination of the individual terms of ‘ecosystem health’. With this intention, I evaluate the ethical theories of leading environmental philosophers about ecosystem health through an analytical inquiry.


Callicott’s ecocentrism: steering between speciesism and ecofascism
Köse, Songül; Sol, Ayhan; Department of Philosophy (2014)
The purpose of this study is to explore the possibility of a problem-free environmental ethical theory. With this intention, this work focuses on the norms, principles,disciplines, and two significant problems−ecofascism and speciesism−of environmental ethics in detail. The ethical theories of J. Baird Callicott are exemplified and evaluated for further understandig of the subject matter. One of Callicott’s theories is presented as facilitating the attainment of this study’s goal.
Modeling biogeochemical dynamics in porous media: Practical considerations of pore scale variability, reaction networks, and microbial population dynamics in a sandy aquifer
King, E. L.; Tuncay, Kağan; Ortoleva, P.; Meile, C. (Elsevier BV, 2010-03-01)
Prediction of the fate and environmental impacts of groundwater contaminants requires the identification of relevant biogeochemical processes and necessitates the macroscopic representation of microbial activity occurring at the microscale. Using a well-studied sandy aquifer environment, we evaluate the importance of pore distribution on organic matter respiration in a porous medium environment by performing spatially explicit simulations of microbial metabolism at the sub-millimeter scale. Model results us...
A Case study of an eco-socialist organization : ecology collective
Kayabaş, Ergün; Topal, Çağatay; Department of Sociology (2013)
The aim of this thesis is to analyse how ecological crisis can be seen from the perspective of ecosocialism. Firstly, the ecosocialist literature was examined. Secondly,The Association of Ecology Collective was observed in order to analyse ecosocialist perspective in the field. For that purpose, all issues of Kolektif which is the main journal of Ecology Collective were examined. Additionally, five semi structured interviews have been conducted with the members of Ecology Collective.
An analysis of the value debate in environmental ethics
Demir, Onur; Sol, Ayhan; Department of Philosophy (2020)
The aim of this study is to give a general understanding about the value approaches in environmental ethics. I will analyze non-anthropocentric theories based on intrinsic value and pragmatist approach to values and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages separately. In conclusion, I will argue that neither of them provides a comprehensive and coherent suggestion atthe same time, because environmental problems stem from a different reason than the ones that they pur...
Two-phase anaerobic digestion of semi-solid organic wastes
Doğan, Eylem; Demirer, Göksel Niyazi; Department of Environmental Engineering (2008)
The objective of this study is to illustrate that phase separation improves the efficiency of an anaerobic system which digests semi-solid organic wastes. Organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) was the semi-solid organic waste investigated. In the first part of the study, the optimum operational conditions for acidified reactor were determined by considering the volatile solid (VS) reductions and average acidification percentages at the end of two experimental sets conducted. Organic loading rate...
Citation Formats
Y. Saraç, “An Environmental philosophical analysis of ecosystem health,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2019.