PHIL 2380 Jan 7 2014
Offnde hours: Tues/Thurs 4:005:00
22 floor Dunton
Environmental Ethics: An Interactive Introduction
Midterm 40% Thurs. February 13th
Final 60% 8page Takehome exam due April 26 (checking on that)
Guest Speaker Feb 25 th
To build an understanding of ethical theories integral to the application of environmental
Use these theories to develop an environmental ethics framework
(What) do we owe future generations?
Argument that the most ethical thing we could do is stop having children
“Go out with a bang” to ruin the Earth, live until we die, etc.
What is Environmental Ethics?
Philosophy is a study that is well over 2000 years old
Enviro is a relatively new branch of philosophy (about 40 years old)
Concerned with the extension of boundaries of traditional ethics
Aims to widen the circle of entities, which have potential moral standing beyond
You must see yourself as part of something bigger
Enviro ethics have raised questions at the personal, relational, and political levels
Aldo Leopold (1949) Land Ethic: We need to see ourselves as part of the land
Rachel Carson (1963) Silent Spring: The pesticides being used by farmers to maximize
crop growth are both an environmental and public health concern.
Paul Ehlrich (1968) The Population Bomb: The planet cannot sustain its growing human
A New Moral Conversation
Soylent Green (1973)
All these books are focused on a dystopic future
Intrinsic vs. Instrumental Value
Something can have meaning and be good in itself
Something can have personal meaning to a person, or