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PHIL 3140 Environmental Ethics

Instructor Contact:

Daniel Sturgis, PhD


About the Course:

This course examines major traditions in moral philosophy to see what light they shed on value issues in environmental policy and the value presuppositions of the economic, ecological, and juridical approaches to the environment. Recommended prereq: PHIL 1100 or 1200 or 2200 or 3100 or 3200. Same course as ENVS 3140.


For each unit of the course you will be expected to do the following (see below). Although your knowledge will build on itself after each unit, the objectives for each unit are the same.

  1. Identify, relate and match the correct theories to their authors.
  2. Describe, paraphrase and explain the ideas in the readings.
  3. Apply, practice and relate the readings to your life.
  4. Analyze and question the ideas in the readings.
  5. Synthesize the ideas from the course thematically.
  6. Evaluate the ideas from the course with philosophical arguments.

Required Texts:

  • Pojman, Louis P and Paul, Environmental Ethics: Readings in Theory and Application, 6th edition. ISBN-10: 0538452846, ISBN-13: 978-0538452847

Course Assignments and Grading:

  • 40% – 4 Multiple Choice Quizzes
  • 25% – 6 page Environmental Change Documentary Paper with Images and Charts
  • 25% – 5 Page Final Paper
  • 10% – Participation

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