Environmental Ethics

PHIL W245
3.00 crs.

Knowledge-Values Courses: Philosophy II: Knowledge and Morality

This course examines our moral responsibilities to the beings in the natural world.  Among the topics discussed are environmental justice, biodiversity loss, animal welfare, wilderness preservation, world population, global climate change, toxics and pollution, duties to future generations, and the meaning of sustainability.  Students learn to analyze various positions in environmental ethics, including anthropocentrism, biocentrism, and ecocentrism, and various theories, including ecofeminism, the land ethic, and deep ecology.

Course Cross-listing

Course Corequisite