ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

COURSE NOTES
Dr. Mark Smillie

SPRING 2006

Introduction to the Course: What is ethics? What is Environmental Ethics?

Sources for Environmental Decision-Making

Science

Morality (Moral Reasoning)

Aesthetics

Historical Considerations

Summary of Hodge, Hargraves, Callicott Readings (17, 18, 19)
From Garden to Wilderness preserve: American nature appreciation

First Debate: The Precautionary Principle.

What is this precautionary principle all about? Click here for a summary.

Religion and the Environment

Summary of "The Ecological Crisis" by Pope John Paul II
Summary of "Renewing the Earth" by the US Bishops Conference

Why do Animals matter?

"All Animals Are Equal," Peter Singer
"The Radical Egalitarian Case for Animal Rights," Tom Regan

Biocentrism

Biocentrism
Criticisms of Biocentrism
"The Ethics of Respect for Nature" Paul W. Taylor (EE)

Ecocentrism

Ecocentric Ethics
Aldo Leopold's Ecocentrism

Enlightened Anthropocentrism

Deep Ecology

Ecofeminism

Is PETA's "Naked" campaign misogynist?
Main website
A recent example
EVE online response: sexy OK, sexism wrong.
Another response: the epistemology of objectification
Another website on this issue
The lettuce ladies. See here too

 

6. Practicing what we preach


Last edited on February 9, 2006