PHIL/ENEC 368.001 – Living Things, Wilderness, and Ecosystems: An Introduction to Environmental Ethics

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Instructor: Douglas MacLean. This course meets MW 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. via synchronous remote instruction, with a synchronous remote instruction recitation on Fridays.

This course will explore the nature of environmental values and topics in moral philosophy that relate to environmental ethics. The questions we will discuss include: Does nature or the environment have value beyond being a resource for humans to use? If so, how do we explain or justify that value, and what are its implications? What is the moral status of animals, species, and ecosystems? What are the important ethical issues involved in climate change?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but we recommend one PHIL course or one ENEC course before enrolling.