This course will cover several significant approaches to environmental ethics. The central focus of the course will be twofold: the question of our ethical and metaphysical relation to non-human life and to nature; and the ethical status of the human and the non-human world. Within these larger and interconnected questions, we will discuss the holism/individualism debate; the deep ecology/ecofeminism debate; and the question of the meaning of sustainability. A significant portion of this course will be spent on the Land Ethic, Deep Ecology, and Ecofeminism and the theoretical and practical issues raised by them.
Triad: Language/Global Issues.