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Summer 2014


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Environmental Studies (ENVS)
144 Columbia Hall, 541-346-5000
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  ENVS 345   Environmental Ethics >1 4.00 cr.
Key concepts and various moral views surveyed; includes anthropocentrism, individualism, ecocentrism, deep ecology, and ecofeminism. Exploration includes case studies and theory.
Grading Options: Optional; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Guernsey PE-mailHomepage
Course Materials
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  46401 2 35 1400-1550 mtwrf
142 COL Guernsey P  

Final Exam:

1515-1715 r 8/14 142 COL
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
July 21:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
July 23:   Drop this course (50% refund, no W recorded)
July 24:   Last day to change to or from audit
July 24:   Add this course
July 28:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
August 6:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
August 6:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
Imagine yourself in the following situation: you are in a room where you can press a button that says "If you press it, the Grand Canyon will be blown away". What ethical reasons would you have to refrain from pressing that button? Is it morally wrong to destroy something we (humans) deem beautiful? Some philosophers believe that there is no moral value without a valuator. So, what if you were the last person on Earth and you would not care about the Grand Canyon, would it still be wrong to press the button? What if you were not the last person, would it suffice to appeal to the idea that you might deprive future generations from experiencing such ineffable scenery? Imagine the button says, "it you press it, the Grand Canyon will be blown away, but in doing so, you save x human lives." How many human lives would justify blowing away the Grand Canyon? What if those lives are the lives of some people you will never know/meet with? Does it have to be a human life? What about a non-human animal life? What about an ecosystem?
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