REL 270 - Religion, Ethics, Environment

Introduction to various religious and philosophical perspectives on environmental ethics. Asks whether the religious traditions can provide us with any resources that can help us to deal with contemporary environmental problems. Religious and philosophical perspectives on these topics will be central to the course: attitudes to individual animals, to other species, and in general to non-human nature; the place of human beings in nature; the relative importance of human development and environmental protection; relations between rich and poor; whether we might need to change our conception of what it is to live successfully; and the concepts of stewardship and sustainability. Course Information: This course can be used to fulfill either Western or non-Western general education categories, but not both.
Humanities - Hist & Phil, Cultural Studies - Non-West, Cultural Studies - Western
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