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Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics (McCagney)

Course Title:

Cross-Cultural Environmental Ethics

   
Instructor(s)

Nancy McCagney
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and
Joint Assistant Professor of Marine Policy, College of Marine Studies
University of Delaware

   
Discipline

Philosophy and Marine Policy

   
Subject(s)

Philosophy and Ethics

   
Pedagogical Level

Undergraduate

   
Date

Spring 1999

   
Presentation

University of Delaware

   
Overview

A critical and global study of the ethics of human-environment relations as suggested by ecology, western Philosophy, history of science, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist (South and East Asian), Taoist, Amerindian, African, and Hawai’ian worldviews with attention to the Earth Charter.

   
Format

No special format listed

   
Prerequisites

None listed

   
Requirements There are three assigned papers on the books we will read together. You are welcome to use other sources, but it is not required or expected. You may choose any topic relevant to the text and are welcome to discuss your topic with me in advance. The papers will be from eight to ten double-spaced, typed pages. We will spend time in class discussing modern essay writing.
   
Evaluation

Grades
Late papers will be accepted only with documented medical or family emergencies. Procrastination will not be rewarded. Your grade will be an average of your three papers plus your contribution to class discussion.

Attendance and Participation
You are encouraged to come to class. Contributions toward class discussion will raise your grade.

   
Texts

Required Texts

Gottlieb, Roger, ed. This Sacred Earth. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Gottlieb, Roger, ed. Religion, Nature, Environment. New York:Routledge, 1996.

Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac with Essays on
Conservation from Round River.
New York: Ballantine, 1966.

Nash, Roderick. The Rights of Nature. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

Ponting, Clive. The Environment and the Collapse of Great Civilizations. New York: Penguin, 1991.

Ponting, Clive. A Green History of the World. New York, Penguin, 1991.

Buddhist Perspectives on the Earth Charter, Cambridge, Mass.: Boston Research Center for the 21st Century.

Human Rights, Environmental Law and the Earth Charter. Cambridge, MA: Boston Research Center for the 21st Century.

Women’s Views on the Earth Charter, Cambridge, MA:
Boston Research Center for the 21st Century.

   
Schedule  
Feb 10

Environmental Roots

Feb 17 Easter Island
Assigned Reading
  • Ponting, Civilizations.
Feb 24 Thinking Like a Mountain
Assigned Reading
  • Leopold, Part I, II, III.
Mar 3 The Land Ethics
Assigned Reading
  • Leopold, Part IV.
Mar 10

Religion and Ecology

Assignments Due

  • Leopold Paper Due
Mar 17 Traditional Religious Views
Assigned Reading
  • Gottlieb, This Sacred Earth, Part I, II.
Mar 24

South Asian Religious Views
Assigned Reading

  • Gottlieb, Part II, V.
  • Buddhist Perspectives on the Earth Charter.
Apr 7

East Asian Religious Views
Assigned Reading

  • Gottlieb, Part II (continued), VI.
Apr 14

Amerindian and Hawai’ian Views
Assigned Reading

  • Gottlieb, Part II (continued), VI.
Apr 21

Ecotheology
Assigned Reading

  • Gottlieb, Part III.

Assignments Due

  • Gottlieb Paper Due
Apr 28 Ecofeminism
Assigned Reading
  • Gottlieb, Part IV.
  • Women’s Views on the Earth Charter.
May 5

Ecological Justice
Assigned Reading

  • Gottlieb, Part VII.
  • Human Rights, Environmental Law and the
    Earth Charter.
May 12 Nonhuman Rights
Assigned Reading
  • Nash.
May 19

Conclusions

Assignments Due

  • Final Paper on Earth Charter

 

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