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Fall 2017
Nov 27, 2020
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PHIL 124 - Ethics and the Environment
From the melting of Greenland’s glaciers, to the air pollution crisis in Beijing, to Australia’s dying Great Barrier Reef, to the trillion-ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica in July 2017, the ecological impact of human activity on the planet is among the most pressing and prominent issues of our time. In response, world leaders, scientists, environmentalists, universities, corporations, non-profits and private citizens have launched ‘green’ initiatives in an effort to protect and restore the health and stability of the environment. However, as evidenced by the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, widespread disagreement still exists concerning the extent of our responsibility for the declining state of the ecosystem and, as such, our moral obligation towards the natural world. With these contemporary environmental issues in mind, this course will examine the moral dimensions of our relationships with other living beings and the natural world. In doing, so we will be concerned with questions such as: how exactly should humans relate to the natural world? What is our moral obligation, if any, to plants, non-human animals and the environment? What, if anything, do we owe other humans, including future generations, with respect to the environment? Topics discussed will include: overpopulation, resource consumption, food ethics, animal rights, pollution, climate change, technology and the environment, environmental racism, ecofeminism, globalization, consumerism and capitalism, and sustainability.

1.500 OR 3.000 Credit hours
1.500 OR 3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Philosophy Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/CULP Social Science, Mean Grade is Calculated

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