The main aim of this course is to critically examine some of the major themes in contemporary environmental philosophy. Key objectives are to develop an understanding of some of the major concepts and issues at stake in environmental philosophy, and to help students come to their own informed and reasoned views on the key issues. The course runs on a seminar basis, with core readings each week designed to encourage reflection and stimulate class discussion on the topic in focus.
Topics covered include: the search for an environmentalist ethic (including anthropocentrism(s), animal rights/welfare, ecocentrism/deep ecology); radical environmentalisms (including ecofeminism, social ecology); the environment and justice (both intra-generational and inter-generational). For the final classes, students will have the opportunity to determine the choice of topics from a list of options via a class vote.