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