PHL 500 Philosophy of the Natural Environment

The rise of environmental philosophy challenges the “anthropocentric paradigm” that has dominated Western thought. This course explores the implications of this challenge for our conception of ourselves, the basis for both human and natural values, and our obligations within the human and biotic communities. Topics include: traditional philosophical attitudes towards nature, obligations to future generations, “animal rights”, individual versus holistic models of value in relation to ecosystems, species and wilderness, and conflicts between human and natural values. UL Lect: 3 hrs. Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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