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Philosophy 4040
Advanced Philosophy of the Environment

University of Guelph    
Winter 2022

Monday & Wednesday 2:30-3:50.              

Instructor:  Stefan Linquist    


Place:  Rozanski 109 or synchronously on Teams
Office Hours:  Wednesday 4:00


Course Materials

Part 1 Environmental Aesthetics

Week 1: Are aesthetic considerations more important than we tend to think?

Week 2: What do environmentalists want?

Week 3: Are aesthetic values superficial?

  • Hepburn, R. (1993), "Trivial and serious in aesthetic appreciation of nature." In S. Kemal & I. Gaskell (Eds.), Landscape, Natural Beauty and the Arts (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts, pp. 65-80). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511554605.003

Week 4: Can science ground aesthetic judgments?

Week 5: Conserving artwork as an argument for conserving nature.

  • Welchman, J. (2020) “Commentary on Jonathan A. Newman, Gary Varner, and Stefan Linquist: Defending Biodiversity: Environmental Science and Ethics, Chapter 11: Should Biodiversity Be Conserved for Its Aesthetic Value?” Biology & Philosophy 35 (1): 13.

Part 2 Environmental Economics

Week 6: Intro to environmental economics

Week 7:  Reading Break

Week 8: Cost-benefit analysis

Week 9: Ecosystem services

  • DELIΘGE, GLENN, and STIJN NEUTELEERS. 2015. “Should Biodiversity Be Useful? Scope and Limits of Ecosystem Services as an Argument for Biodiversity Conservation.” Environmental Values 24 (2): 165–82.

Part 3 Climate Change

Week 10: Intro to climate change

Week 11: Climate change and scientific consensus

  • Ryghaug and Tomas Moe Skjψlsvold, (2010) “The Global Warming of Climate  Science: Climategate and the  Construction of Scientific Facts.” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 24:. 287–307.

  • Odenbaugh, Jay. 2012. “Climate, Consensus, and Contrarians.” In The Environment. The MIT Press.

Week 12: Climate change and moral responsibility

Week 13: Climate change and collective action