|After completing this course, |
- the student is familiar with the major topics, approaches and concepts in environmental ethics and landscape philosophy
- the student can distinguish scientific reasoning form other forms of intellectual activity
- the student can take a substantiated position in ethical debates on issues of landscape and ecosystem management.
- the student can read, analyze and critically assess philosophical texts, and to apply them to actual cases
- the student can publicly present and discuss a philosophical text
This course is especially suited for students of the master tracks 'Community and ecosystems', and 'Water and environment'. Are you interested in ethical questions regarding field ecology, ecological restoration and new nature development, environmental management and nature management?
We will discuss major topics in environmental ethics and landscape philosophy:
- Basic attitudes toward and images of nature, anthropocentrism vs. ecocentrism,
- How and why should we value nature?
- Should we recognize the 'intrinsic value of nature'?
- Subjective and objective value in environmental ethics. Does the value of nature depend on our taste?
- How does human influence influence the value of damaged ecosystems? Nature development, biodiversity and the concept of wildness
- What is wildness of nature? Why do we want nature to be wild?
- What does it mean to be part of nature?Aesthetic reasons for environmental protection: does nature's beauty matter?
- Bioregionalisme en the Ethics of Place- Which places matter to us and why?
- Tragedy of the commons
this course consists of weekly lectures and tutorials, and of group presentations
|Students are expected to have completed the bachelor course 'Inleiding in de Filosofie en Ethiek'|
|Attendance is mandatory. Grades will be based on group presentation, participation in class discussions and a final written exam.|
- Attendance is mandatory! Absence at the first meeting means that you cannot paricipate to this course
- Students have to apply for this course via Blackboard, at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Maximum number of applicants: 24
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- This course can be substituted by other advanced philosophy courses (see the courses on offer from the philosophy department)