PHIL 243 A: Environmental Ethics

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:00pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
OTB 014
SLN: 
19005
Joint Sections: 
ENVIR 243 A
Instructor:
Stephen Gardiner
Stephen Gardiner

Additional Details:

In this course, we will explore how to identify, articulate and think critically about the ethical dimensions of environmental challenges. We will learn about various general theories in environmental ethics, and also about how philosophical skills and concepts might be applied to specific environmental issues, such as global climate change. Topics include: the nature of the value of humans, nonhuman animals, plants and ecosystems; the role of economic considerations in environmental policy-making; the origins of environmental problems; and the relevance of concepts such as justice to solutions. The course focuses partly on the contributions of standard philosophical theories and techniques to environmental debates, and partly on the challenges that environmental issues raise to familiar theoretical approaches.

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)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 1, 2021 - 3:52pm