Philosophy 224

Environmental Ethics

Fall, 2011

Professor: Paul Thagard

Office hours (HH368): TTh 1-2, and by appointment.

Email: Phone: extension 33594.

Web page:

Time: TTh, 11:30-12:50, HH 1101.

Textbook: A. Wellington, A. Greenbaum, and W. Cragg, Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics, 1997.

Marks will be based on:


Description: This course will examine ethical issues related to the environment, including climate change, resource use, nature preservation, and environmental justice.

 Week  Dates  Topic


 1 Sept.13-15 Introduction

Text, Introduction (not ch. 1)

 2 Sept. 20-22 Animals Text, ch. 10, ch. 9
 3 Sept. 27-29 Animals, Assignment 1 Text, ch. 11-12
 4 Oct. 4-6 Nature, Exam 1

Text, ch. 13

 5 Oct. 11-13 Nature

Text, chs. 14-16

 6 Oct.18-20 Justice Text, chs. 17-20
 7 Oct. 25-27 Justice, Assignment 2 Text, chs. 21-22
 8 Nov. 1-3 Justice, Exam 2 Text, ch. 24
 9 Nov. 8-10 Resources Text, chs. 1-3
 10 Nov. 15-17 Resources Text, chs. 4-5
11 Nov. 22-24 Resources, Assignment 3 Text, chs. 6-7
12 Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Climate, Exam 3 Gardiner

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Lecture notes (to be added on Mondays; may be revised on Wednesdays)

Week 1, Introduction to enviromental ethics.

Week 2, Ethics of animals

Week 3, Ethics of animals

Week 4,Wild nature

Week 5, Preserving nature

Week 6, Environmental justice for aboriginals

Week 7, Ecofeminism

Week8, International environmental justice

Week 9, Forestries

Week 10, Fisheries and mining

Week 11, New organisms and nuclear wastes

Week 12, Ethics of climate change


Assignment 1.

Assignment 2.

Assignment 3.

Paul Thagard

Computational Epistemology Laboratory.

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