Course Schedule (PHI 3640 | Spring 2018)
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DateTopicRequired ReadingsNotes
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1/9/2018Course IntroductionCourse Syllabus; Course Schedule
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1/11/2018Diagnostic ExamNone
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1/16/2018What is Philosophy? What is Environmental Ethics?EELT, Preface; GR, Introduction & Ch. 1EELT = Environmental Ethics for the Long Term; GR = Giving Reasons
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1/18/2018Justifying Beliefs & Constructing ArgumentsGR, Chs. 2-3
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1/23/2018Good and Bad ReasoningGR, Chs. 4-5
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1/25/2018GR, Chs. 6-7, Appendix BExam 1 Study Guide Distributed
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1/30/2018Environmental ScienceEELT, Ch. 1
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2/1/2018Moral Reasoning & Moral TheoryEELT, Ch. 2 (pp. 40-62)
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2/6/2018Exam 1; Unit 1 Worksheets Due
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2/8/2018Environmental EconomicsEELT, Ch. 3 (pp. 63-79)
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2/13/2018Anthropocentic Environmental Ethics: Near-Term and Long-TermEELT, Ch. 3-4 (pp. 79-101)
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2/15/2018EELT, Ch. 4 (pp. 101-123)
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2/20/2018The Moral Status of AnimalsEELT, Ch. 5 (pp. 124-137)
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2/22/2018Moral Duties to AnimalsEELT, Ch. 5 (pp. 137-150, 155-159)Exam 2 Study Guide Distributed
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2/27/2018BiocentrismEELT, Ch. 6 (pp. 160-183)
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3/1/2018EcocentrismEELT, Ch. 6 (pp. 189-204)
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3/6/2018Exam 2; Unit 2 Worksheets Due
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3/8/2018Climate Change and Moral Decision-MakingNone
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3/13/2018NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
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3/15/2018
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3/20/2018Duties to Domesticated AnimalsGary Francione & Anne Charlton, "The Case Against Pets"; Gary Francione & Anne Charlton, "A 'Humanely' Killed Animal Is Still Killed - and That's Wrong"
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3/22/2018Mark Budolfson, "Is It Wrong to Eat Meat from Factory Farms? If So, Why?"
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3/27/2018The Four SpikesEd Ayers, "The Four Spikes"
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3/29/2018Climate ChangeDarrel Moellendorf, "Climate Change and Global Justice"
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4/3/2018Anne Schwenkenbecher, "Is There an Obligation to Reduce One's Individual Carbon Footprint?"
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4/5/2018Climate DenialismAndrew Hoffman, "Social Psychology and the Climate Change Debate"
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4/10/2018Population GrowthChristine Overall, "Overpopulation and Extinction" (pp. 173-191)
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4/12/2018Sarah Conly, "Here's why China's one-child policy was a good thing"; Jennifer Ludden, "Should We Be Having Kids in an Age of Climate Change?"Critical Paper Due
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4/17/2018The Motivation ProblemRichard Schiffman, "How Can We Make People Care about Climate Change?"; Ezra Markowitz & Lisa Zaval, "Here's the secret to making people care about climate change"
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4/19/2018Some Moral ImperativesJulian Baggini, "The Vegan Carnivore"; David Biello, "What Is Geoengineering, and Why Is It Considered a Climate Change Solution?"Unit 3 Worksheets Due
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4/24/2018Solutions?EELT, Ch. 7 (pp. 205-221); Jim Stanley Robinson, "Is It Too Late?"
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4/26/2018Reading DayNoneNo Formal Class
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5/1/2018Final Exam Period: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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5/4/2018Critical Paper Rewrites Due; Comprehensive Final Exam Due
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