Exploration of the relationship between human nature and the natural environment. Consideration of whether human beings have ethical duties to the natural environment, to animals and other species (e.g., plants and even microorganisms), and if so, what the basis for such a duty is. The course will also consider whether only living things have ethical value or whether the environment itself has ethical significance, and examine how we explain ethical significance.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: Credit given for this course or PHI 233, not both. (Formerly Environmental Ethics and Ecophilosophy.)