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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
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  PHIL 340   Environmental Philos >1 4.00 cr.
Considers the nature and morality of human relationships with the environment (e.g., the nature of value, the moral standing of nonhuman life).
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Muraca BE-mailHomepage Office:   232 Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: 1000 - 1150 R during Winter 2020
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: This course has a waitlist which can only be accessed via one of the discussion sections associated with the lecture (not via the lecture itself). For more information, see How to Use Wait-listing on DuckWeb
 
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Lecture

25980 36 120 1600-1720 tr 220 CHA Muraca B Additional Web Resources Available
 
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25981 0 30 1200-1250 f 240 TYKE Gamble C Wait ListAdditional Web Resources Available

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25982 1 30 1300-1350 f 240 TYKE Gamble C Wait ListAdditional Web Resources Available

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25983 13 30 1400-1450 f 214 FR Burns B Wait ListAdditional Web Resources Available

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25984 22 30 1500-1550 f 214 FR Burns B Wait ListAdditional Web Resources Available
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 5:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 12:   Process a complete withdrawal (90% refund, W recorded)
January 12:   Withdraw from this course (100% refund, W recorded)
January 13:   Add this course
January 15:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 19:   Process a complete withdrawal (75% refund, W recorded)
January 19:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 26:   Process a complete withdrawal (50% refund, W recorded)
January 26:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
February 2:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
February 2:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 23:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 23:   Change grading option for this course
Caution You can't drop your last class using the "Add/Drop" menu in DuckWeb. Go to the “Completely Withdraw from Term/University” link to begin the complete withdrawal process. If you need assistance with a complete drop or a complete withdrawal, please contact the Office of Academic Advising, 101 Oregon Hall, 541-346-3211 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If you are attempting to completely withdraw after business hours, and have difficulty, please contact the Office of Academic Advising the next business day.

Expanded Course Description
Environmental philosophy addresses the human relationship with the non-human world from a variety of philosophical perspectives: ethical, political, aesthetic, epistemological, and metaphysical. In what sense are human beings a 'part of nature'? Does the natural world have intrinsic value, and what are our ethical obligations toward it? Can a distinction be drawn between humans and animals? Can nature be compared aesthetically to a work of art? How is the exploitation of nature linked to the exploitation of women, indigenous people, and other groups? What political options are open for developing a sustainable relationship between society and the natural world?

To address these questions, the course will begin with a survey of dominant movements in recent environmental philosophy, including animal rights, deep ecology, ecofeminism, social ecology, bioregionalism, environmental pragmatism, and eco-phenomenology. The second half of the course explores key topics of current debate in the field, such as human/animal relations, holism and individualism, our proper relationship with technology, environmental aesthetics, and the ethical and political implications of radical environmental activism.

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