Environmental Ethics and Liberation

This online course grounds its exploration in the fundamentals of environmental ethics, starting with the work of Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic and the following generations of ethical systems based in notions of an earth community, and progressing to debate over whether nonhuman nature has natural rights. From these fundamentals the class will expand its scope to specific liberation traditions within environmental ethics, covering moral questions posed by ecofeminism, indigenous human rights debates, liberation theology, and issues of environmental racism. The class will be broken into four main areas of work, with each week containing a lecture and readings that center around one or two main scholars. The texts will be excerpted, and supplemented with both writings (and other types of materials) from other thinkers as well as a multilayered ethical problem for the class to wrestle with in relation to the materials of the week.
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