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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

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Environmental Science

ENVR 320 Environmental Ethics (1)

The course focuses upon the historical and philosophical roots of our present environmental and resource dilemmas. The contemporary environmental crisis is considered as a particular manifestation of a cultural crisis which afflicts Western civilization and its imitators. Central issues include: comparison of environmental attitudes in advanced cultures; the environmental significance of Western interpretations of history; evaluation of the idea of progress as the ruling philosophy of history of the modern West; the sociocultural impacts of scientific and technological development; and an account of Western society’s continuing search for the good life and for means of inducing altruistic behavior.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: LaFreniere