- WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS?
- The branch of Philosophy that examines the moral dimension of human
beings’ actions regarding the natural environment.
- WHAT IS THE ANTHROPOCENE?
- Scientists have proposed that the Earth has entered into a new
geological era, in which the main driver of the planet’s natural
systems is human activity. (For an overview visit Welcome
to the Anthropocene; be sure to watch the video.)
- WHY IS THE ANTHROPOCENE IMPORTANT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
- The idea of the Anthropocene suggests that human societies
and the natural world are inextricably interrelated—and Environmental
Ethics must view nature in a way that focuses on its interrelationship
- Environmental Ethics must learn from natural and social science,
which provide knowledge about the complex systems that couple nature
- IN THIS CLASS
- We will approach the Anthropocene as an interdisciplinary topic.
We will bring ideas and methods from four different disciplines to
bear on the question of how human beings have transformed natural systems.
As a Presidential Dream Course, the class will be organized around
visits from four distinguished scholars. Each is based in a particular
field, but seeks to contribute to a broader understanding of the Anthropocene.
We will read their writings (assisted by members of the OU Faculty
Anthropocene Learning Community). Over the semester they will each
come to OU, to deliver a public lecture and to talk about their ideas
in the class. After their visits we will discuss how to use their ideas
as we consider the Anthropocene from an ethical point of view.
- THE TAKEAWAY
- You will learn how to see society and its environment as part of
a complex system, and reflect on how that outlook can help or hinder
the effort to understand what is right for human beings to do as they
inhabit the Anthropocene.
- THE DETAILS
- • Meeting time: Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00-4:15 PM; four public
talks on Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
- • Readings: All readings will be posted on D2L--there are no
books to purchase
- • Course work: A short assignment on each guest speaker, and
a term project
- • Gen Ed: This course is approved for Gen Ed Core Area IV (Humanities),
Western Civilization and Culture
- • To enroll: Search in Ozone for
PHIL 3293, CRN# 32636
- • Questions? E-mail the instructor, Zev Trachtenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)