Philosophy of the Environment
University of Guelph
Winter 2017

Mon. & Wed. 11:30 - 12:20

Rozanski Hall,  103


Stefan Linquist
MACK 358
office hour:  Wed. 5:00-6:00 (or by app.)

Toronto Photographer Edward Burtynsky documents our impact.
See him speak about manufactured landscapes or peak oil.
teaching assistants


       Vaughn and McKintosh (2009) How to read philosophy.

Weeks 1 & 2

A. Leopold (1949), Ecocentrism: The Land Ethic . Environmental Ethics , Pojman & Pojman (eds), Wadsworth: USA.  (p. 163-172)

B. Callicott (1987), Conceptual Foundations of the Land Ethic. Environmental Ethics , Pojman & Pojman (eds), Wadsworth: USA.  (p. 173-181).

B. Lomborg (1998), The Skeptical Environmentalist. Cambridge: Mass (p. 3-22).

                          Here is the bibliography for Skeptical Environmentalist (all 70 pages!)

Week 3

M. Sagoff,  (1984), Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage, Quick Divorce. Environmental Ethics: What really matters, What Really Works, D. Schmidtz & W. Willott (eds), Oxford press: NY. -144)

J. Kricher (1998), "Nothing endures except change." Northeastern Naturalist 5(2): 165-174.

Week 4

Arne Naess, (1984) "The world of concrete contents". Inquiry, 28: p. 417.

Andrew Dobson, (2007) "Deep ecology: ethics as a code of conduct." In McCullough & Depner (eds.) Readings in Political Ideologies since Modern Science. Oxford (p. 271-276)

Week 5

Newman et al. (2017) Should biodiversity be conserved for its aesthetic value? forthcoming in Defending Biodiversity: Environmental Science and Philosophy. (p.1-20) 

Week 7
G. Monbiot (2006), Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. Anchor Canada (intro +Chapters 1 & 2).

Week 8

J. Woodward & D. Goodstein (2002), "Conduct, misconduct and the structure of science." in S. 
Armstrong & R. Boltzer (eds) Environmental Ethics:  Divergence and Convergence (p. 12-22).

K.P. Whyte and R.P. Crease (2010) "Trust, expertise, and the philosophy of science." Synthese 177: 411-425.

Week 9

Newman, J. Varner, G. and Linquist, S. (forthcoming). The Precautionary Principle. To appear in Defending Biodiversity:  Environmental Science and Philosophy. Cambridge Press. (p. 1-24).

Week 10

Baxter, Economics and Ecology & People or Penguins  (p. 108-118).

        M. Sagoff, Why Political questions are not all economic  (p. 24-45)

          Week 11

        M.Sagoff, Can we put a Price on nature‚Äôs services? (p. 87-109) 

        Week 12
         M. Sagoff, The concept of place in environmental ethics. (p. 157-174)

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