Stephen M. Gardiner
Philosophical topics at the intermediate level. Content varies each quarter, depending on instructor.
This course is a philosophical introduction to some of the main ethical issues associated with environmental policy. Topics may include: the role of economic considerations in environmental policy-making; the nature and extent of individual and social obligations to distant people, nonhuman animals, plants and ecosystems; the origins of environmental problems and the range of socially just options for their solution. We will focus partly on the possible contributions of standard philosophical theories and techniques to environmental debates, and partly on the challenges that environmental issues raise to familiar philosophical approaches.
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