PHIL 243 A: Environmental Ethics

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 5:20pm
SIG 225
Joint Sections: 
Alex Lenferna
Alex Lenferna

Additional Details:

We live in a time of unprecedented environmental change, with multiple global environmental challenges unfolding simultaneously from climate change, air and water pollution, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, and ocean change. How we respond to these interconnected problems raises important questions of ethics, values, justice and fairness. In this course, we will develop philosophical skills and theories to explore how to identify, articulate and think critically about the ethical dimensions of such environmental challenges. We will ask questions such as: What is the extent and nature of our individual and collective moral responsibility to act on environmental challenges? How do we integrate questions of justice and concern for the most vulnerable into environmental work? What moral responsibilities do we have to future generations, distant others, nonhuman animals, plants and ecosystems? What are the benefits and limitations of economic considerations in environmental policy making? Offered: jointly with ENVIR 243.

TEXT: No Textbook Required – course materials will be available on Canvas.

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on some of the philosophical questions that arise in connection with environmental studies. Topics to be considered include: the ideological roots of current issues, values and the natural world, public policy and risk assessment, intergenerational justice, and social change. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 243.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
August 4, 2019 - 9:04pm