PHIL/ENEC 368.001 – Living Things, Wilderness, and Ecosystems: An Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Instructor: Giulia Napolitano. This course meets MWF 12:20 – 1:10 p.m. in CW 105.
This class is about the nature of environmental values, and issues in moral philosophy that relate to the environment. In particular, in this course we will focus on one central topic, climate change, and we will consider several issues in environmental ethics that are relevant to understanding different aspects of this complex and multifaceted problem. We will consider questions such as: what is the value of nature? What, if anything, do we owe to future generations? What, if anything, do we owe to the natural environment? How is climate change an issue of social justice? What principles should guide our preservation of the human species as well as of all other living organisms and the environment more generally? What are the possible policy responses to climate change, and how should they be evaluated from a moral standpoint?