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Environment and Values/Environmental Ethics (Taylor)

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Course Title

Environment and Values/Environmental Ethics

Instructor(s) Bron Taylor
The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Environmental Studies


Environmental Ethics


As concern over the well-being of the planet spreads, people frequently find themselves in conflict over how to balance conservation with the use of natural resources, about visions for our common future, and the wisdom of development. Such conflict stems in important ways from varying understandings of values and responsibilities, of what is good and right. In this course we will examine a wide range of intellectual efforts to address the problem of our obligations to Earth and its living systems. Although we will focus on contemporary philosophical environmental ethics we will also introduce religious environmental ethics, examine ideas about nature prevalent in American culture and history, and examine how individuals involved in contemporary environmental movements express and endeavor to implement their environmental values.


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