Philosophy 245: Environmental Philosophy
Ned Hettinger
T, Th 1:40-2:55, ECTR 111
Fall 2005
Office Phone: 953-5786
Office: 16 Glebe, Rm. 201
Off. Hrs: Wednesday, 10-2
(Also, stop by my office or make an appointment)

Course Description

This course examines recent writings of several contemporary environmental philosophers, including Holmes Rolston's Conserving Natural Value and Emily Brady's Aesthetics of the Natural Environment. The focus is on Rolston's philosophy of conservation and the emerging field of environmental aesthetics. Topics include the nature/culture distinction, the value of wildness and biodiversity, the distinction between protecting individuals and protecting systems, the nature of environmental aesthetic appreciation and how it differs from the aesthetic appreciation of art, and the relation between environmental aesthetics and environmental conservation. The course also looks briefly at some other contemporary movements in the field of environmental philosophy, including environmental virtue ethics, urban environmental philosophy, and environmental political philosophy.

This course is not an introductory survey of the field of environmental ethics (such an introduction is provided by Philosophy 155: Environmental Ethics). Although having a previous course in environmental ethics would be beneficial, it is not a prerequisite. Rudimentary concepts and ideas will be explained, but the assumption is that students will do the necessary work on their own to make sure they are understood.


Holmes Rolston, Conserving Natural Value (1994) (at bookstore)
Emily Brady, Aesthetics of the Natural Environment (2003) (at bookstore)
Readings to be made available on the College Library's ereserves page.

Course Requirements