I have published several books as author or editor (See list below) and I have contributed to journals in several fields, including environmental philosophy, economics, ecological economics, philosophy of science, ecology, conservation biology and decision analysis.


Norton jacket_compI am happy to announce the appearance of my new book, Sustainable Values, Sustainable Change: A Guide to Environmental Decision Making. It will be published by the University of Chicago Press and is available now. This book breaks new ground by shifting the emphasis from specifying the characteristics of a future sustainable society to guidance toward making better decisions with positive impacts on the environment in the present and in the future. This book should be of interest to a wide range of readers who work on environmental problems within the various sciences, as it offers a fresh approach to developing sustainability goals through deliberation and community involvement in the search for sustainable lifestyles.

This book will be especially useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have been exposed to environmental sciences and need to reflect more broadly on how the natural and social sciences and the humanities can contribute to improved long-term environmental policies.


Published books

  1. Norton, B.G. Linguistic Frameworks and Ontology: A Re-Examination of Carnap’s Metaphilosophy. The Hague: Mouton Publishers, Janua Linguarum Series, # 145 (1977).
  2. Norton, B.G. The Preservation of Species (editor and author of Preface, section Introductions, and two chapters: “On The Inherent Danger of Undervaluing Species” and “Epilogue”) Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (1986); paperback edition, (1987).
  3. Norton, B.G. Why Preserve Natural Variety? Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press (1987); paperback edition, (1989).
  4. Norton, B.G. Toward Unity Among Environmentalists. Oxford University Press, (1991); paperback edition, (1993).
  5. Costanza, R., Norton, B.G., and Haskell, B. Ecosystem Health: New Goals for Environmental Management. (Co-Editor, author of one chapter,” A New Paradigm for Environmental Management,” and co-author of one chapter) Covelo, CA: Island Press (1992). (35 %)
  6. Norton, B.G., Hutchins, M., Stevens, E. And Maple, T., Ethics on the Ark: Zoos, Wildlife Conservation, and Animal Welfare Co-Editor, author of “General Introduction”, Caring for Nature: A Broader Look a Animal Stewardship, and with J.Wuichet, “Differing Conceptions of Animal Welfare” Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press (1995); (paperback edition, 1996).
  7. Sharpe, V.A., Norton, B.G., and Donnelly, S. Wolves and Human Communities. (Co-Editor, and author of one chapter). Island Press. (2001). (30 %)
  8. Great Apes in Captivity, co-edited with Ben Beck (National Zoo), Terry Maple and Tara Stoinski (Zoo Atlanta) and other editors. Smithsonian Press, (2001).
  9. G. Norton, Searching for Sustainability: An Interdisciplinary Philosophy of Conservation Biology.   Cambridge University Press, 2003, in Cambridge University’s series in the Philosophy of Biology, Series Editor, Michael Ruse. .
  10. G. Norton, Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management. University of Chicago Press, 2005
  11. G. Norton, Sustainable Values, Sustainable Change: A Guided to Environmental Decision Making, forthcoming, University of Chicago press. Contracted, March, 2014, to appear, October. 2015.