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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 118 (GH) Introduction to Environmental Philosophy (3) Considers the moral status of the environment and applies ethical theory to issues such as preservation, hunger, pollution, and sustainability.

PHIL 118 Introduction to Environmental Philosophy (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course, as with other 100-level philosophy department courses, is intended for Liberal Arts majors and others likely to take philosophy courses rather than for Philosophy majors. (The analogous course for majors is PHIL 418: Environmental Ethics.) PHIL 118 will provide an historical and contemporary survey of differing views of the relation of humans and nature, and of environmental problems and human development. The course will provide a critical examination of differing conceptions of value in regard to nature and differing conceptions of human values and the human condition more generally. The course will investigate how different social, economic, and political ideologies and systems affect the human relation to nature, and how the ethical problems that arise from such systems may be critically evaluated and potentially resolved. Students will be graded on participation, case study analyses, a group presentation and response, and a final paper. PHIL 118 satisfies the GH requirement and it may be used to fulfill the major and/or minor requirements in Philosophy. This course will be offered every other year with an enrollment of 25-100 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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