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Philosophy (PHIL)
211 Susan Campbell, 541-346-5547
College of Arts & Sciences
Course Data
  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; see degree guide or catalog for degree requirements
Instructor: Pack J Office:   411 Knight Library
Additional Web Resources AvailableWeb-related Resources: Syllabus for PHIL 340
Course Materials
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  41774 21 40 1000-1150 mtwrf
117 FEN Pack J Additional Web Resources Available
Academic Deadlines
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June 25:   Last day to change to or from audit
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June 29:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
July 1:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
July 9:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
July 11:   Change grading option for this course
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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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