Learning Paths

Throughout the course, your group will be reading additional texts related to a specific topic, along side the texts assigned to the whole course.  These texts, combined with how you relate them to the more general readings, will form the background for your group’s post to the class.

Please Note:  All learning paths have equal reading burdens, so there is no benefit to choosing one over the other in that regard.

WILDERNESS PRESERVATION:

Summary:  This path is focused on the separation between humanity and nature (or if that separation even exists), humanity’s responsibility to nature, and, specifically, humanity’s responsibility to the preservation or even creation of undeveloped land.  You might be interested in this path if you are interested in debates about land use, preservation of species, or the conflict between the good of individual animals and species as a whole.

  • Plumwood: Being Prey [Electronic]
  • Mathews: Letting the World Grow Old: An Ethos of Countermodernity [Electronic]
  • Nelson: An Amalgamation of Wilderness Preservation Arguments [Electronic]
  • Callicott: A Critique of and an Alternative to the Wilderness Idea [Electronic]
  • Noss: Wilderness–Now More Than Ever: A Response to Callicott [Electronic]

POLLUTION:

Summary: What is the relationship between the way we live and the environment?  What duties do we have to animals?  What duties do we have to other people?  This path explores the impact humanity has had, can have, and may have on the environment that we need to survive.  You might be interested in this path if you are concerned with matters of justice and injustice to other humans, how to deal with garbage, or the conflict between nationalist and international good.

  • Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics [296-305]
  • Murdoch; Oaten: Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics [306-311]
  • Bradford: We All Live in Bhopal [322-326]
  • Baxter: People or Penguins: The Case for Optimal Pollution [327-332]
  • French: You are What you Breathe [314-321]
  • Wenz: Just Garbage: The Problem of Environmental Racism [530-539]

CLIMATE CHANGE:

Summary: Some argue that climate change is the greatest threat to human life and civilization in the 21st century.  This path explores the harms of climate change and the kinds of ethical quandaries humanity faces as we attempt to change the way we live.  You might be interested in this path if you are interested in critiques of capitalism, conflict between nationalist and international good, global injustice, or just want to find out more about the climate change debate.

  • Hardin: Lifeboat Ethics [296-305]
  • Murdoch; Oaten: Population and Food: A Critique of Lifeboat Ethics [306-311]
  • Gardiner: Ethics and Global Climate Change [437-458]
  • Dawson: Climate Justice: The Emerging Movement against Green Capitalism [481-497]
 

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