Environmental Destruction – So What?

0.00 kr


Period: Modul 1 (27/8–4/11)

Ämne: Kurser på engelska

We currently face several environmental problems, such as deforestation, climate change, pollution, mass extinction, ocean acidification, and desertification. However, we tend to disagree about what we should do about them. What should be done in answer to these problems? In order to answer this question, several ethical questions must first be answered:

  1. What is valuable in itself – only wellbeing or also other things, such as freedom or life in general?
  2. For whom should these values be revered – only for humans or also for non-human animals or maybe entire ecosystems?
  3. How is this to be done – through maximization or mere respect?

These are some of the questions that we will consider in this course. We will examine different ethical theories that try to answer them. Students will also learn how to apply these ethical theories to real-world environmental problems. In addition, the class will discuss how the tools that environmental ethics provides can be used to remove ideological obstacles in climate politics.

7,5 hp

Uppsala: Wednesdays 10 am to 3 pm (with lunch break)

Course leader: Olle Torpman

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