PHIL 035. Environmental Ethics

Environmental ethics is normative moral and political philosophy as it pertains to environmental questions, concerns and issues. Here are some of the questions we'll examine: Who counts in environmental ethics: animals, plants, ecosystems? E.g., culling deer in the Crum woods is bad for the deer killed but good for the flora and other fauna of the Crum; Does nature possess intrinsic value or only instrumental value?; Are values merely subjective e.g., expressions of personal preference or taste, or can they be, in some sense, objective?; Is there one sound environmental ethic or several?; Should we accept the claims of so-called "deep ecology" or is a more pragmatic approach better?; Should we be more concerned with sustaining, restoring, or preserving the environment e.g., with respect to wilderness?; How do we resolve a conflict between feeding people and saving nature?; Can we integrate human rights with environmentalism? Democratic decision making? This course is open to all, though it would be desirable if students had at least one philosophy course.
Prerequisite: First- and second-year students must complete one introductory level PHIL course before enrolling in this course.
1 credit.
Eligible for ENVS
Catalog chapter: Philosophy  
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