Subject: PHIL

Course Number : 1445


Course Description:

Basic concepts in environmental ethics such as environmental aesthetics, anthropocentricism, holism, and the role of economic systems will be considered and then applied to contemporary issues such as pollution, wilderness preservation, environmental justice, human predation and domestication of animals, and biomedical research. Questions concerning both theory and practice will be addressed, while at the same time recognizing the importance of understanding the historical and cultural contexts of each. Fundamental ethical theory will be covered - no knowledge of ethics or philosophy is presupposed. While the course does not seek to advocate any particular environmental policy, its intention is to develop in students the ability to reach informed and reasoned conclusions concerning environmental policy and to effectively defend such positions.

Credit Hours: 3 cr

GE: Philosophical Inquiry       Non-Western  /Global 

Prerequisite:  Any PHIL, ES or ENVSTD course

Course Level: upper level