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Andrea I. Woody
PHIL 344
Seattle Campus

History of Recent Ethics

Study of major ethical writings in the twentieth century, with principal emphasis on the Anglo-American tradition.

Class description

This course will discuss a variety of topics in environmental philosophy, including approaches to the question of moral considerability, the role of values in deliberations concerning environmental issues, contemporary ethical frameworks including Leopolds Land Ethic, Deep Ecology, Social Ecology, and Eco-feminism, as well as the relevance and impact of ecological and evolutionary science on ethical issues. The focus throughout will be primarily conceptual. Our overarching goal is to gain greater understanding of what a satisfying, full-blown environmental ethic would require and entail.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

Previous experience in philosophy typical of a 300-level class will be assumed. Some background in traditional moral theory will be highly advantageous.

Class assignments and grading

Students will be required to write a series of short essays and will be expected to participate actively in class discussion.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea I. Woody
Date: 05/14/2002