Investigation and discussion of ethical issues that concern the environment. Emphasis will be on recognition of moral problems and their resolution. Cross-listed as PHIL 332.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Any survey of contemporary literature in environmental ethics.
Environmental Ethics and Policy Book
By VandeVeer & Pierce (Wadsworth Publishing) Recommended
To understand the philosophical issues and problems in the environmental ethics.
To become familiar with various attempts to deal with ethical issues concerning the environment.
To evaluate approaches to environmental ethics in order to formulate a personal approach that is coherent and defensible.
• Read contemporary philosophical prose for critical understanding. • Describe and explain the issues and basic approaches to environmental ethics. • Formalize sophisticated philosophical arguments. • Identify problems and weaknesses in the basic approaches to environmental ethics. • Analyze and provide criticism of sophisticated philosophical arguments found in environmental ethics. • Formally present possible solutions to problems founding environmental ethics.
Environmental policy and cost-benefit analysis
Moral obligations to non-humans
Constructing and environmental ethic
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.