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Humans, Animals, and Nature

PHIL 215
Spring 2008
Section: 01  
Certificates: Environmental Studies

Due to unprecedented ecological degradation and enormous inequalities in the distribution of the means of flourishing, human beings all over the world are being forced to reconsider their relationships to each other and the nonhuman world. In this course we will explore the character, conditions, and concerns that shape these troubled relationships. By reading philosophical, literary, rhetorical, and popular writings, we will attempt to get a clearer understanding of why we are where we are and how we might go about altering our relations to the nonhuman world. Though a variety of important issues are central to understanding the complexity of relationships between humans, nonhumans, and the rest of nature, this year the course will focus primarily on human relations to nonhuman animals - in captivity, in agribusiness, and in the wild. The goals of the course are to help you to think critically, to read carefully, to argue well, and to defend your own reasoned views about the moral relations between humans, animals, and nature.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning
This course examines a variety of ethical arguments about our ethical obligations, if any, to non-humans, to humans in developing countries and the underprivileged in developed countries, as well as to nature itself.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(FGSS)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP-Phil Ethic)(SISP-Phil Mind)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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