PHIL 244
Environmental Ethics Spring 2019 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as PHIL244 / ENVI244

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What ethical standards should guide our individual and societal choices when those choices affect current and future environmental conditions? This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts, methods, and issues in environmental ethics. Initial tutorial meetings will focus on theoretical materials that will background later discussions and will include classic readings from the environmental ethics literature (e.g., Leopold, Taylor, Rolston). Subsequent sessions will pair readings about key concepts with specific cases that raise complex ethical issues, including the concept of moral standing and, e.g., people who do not yet exist, non-human individuals, species, and complex living systems; the concept of moral responsibility and complicity in environmentally damaging practices; the legitimacy of cost-benefit analysis as an environmental policy tool; and the valuation of human lives.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3537
Requirements/Evaluation: one 5- to 7-page essay every other week (6 in all) and carefully prepared oral responses to partners' essays in alternate weeks; evaluation will be based on essays, oral critiques, and quality of discussion
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: ENVI 101 or one course in PHIL
Enrollment Preference: declared and prospective Environmental Studies majors and concentrators
Department Notes: meets Value Theory requirement only if registration is under PHIL
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy; EVST Culture/Humanities; PHIL Contemporary Value Theory Courses; SCST Elective Courses;

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