FEATURED COURSES · SUMMER 2018

Environmental Ethics: Ethics for a Damaged Planet (May 29 – June 14)

Envir St/Philos 441


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Mon/Wed/Thur
1:00 - 5:10 PM
3 credits

3-week session • May 29 – June 14


Fulfills Environmental Studies
Theme
Counts Towards
Sustainability Certificate
UW Designations
Advanced Humanities or Social Science

Instructor

Frederic Neyrat
Frederic Neyrat
Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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COURSE DESCRIPTION

“Anthropocene,” “Capitalocene,” “Necrocene,” “Anthrobscene,” even “Chthulucene:” new words abound to describe a global situation in which developed human societies are recognized as a major geomorphological force. But what are the ethical consequences of such power? Since Descartes, human beings have been cast as “masters” (and “possessors”) of nature. The problem, as philosopher Hans Jonas has argued, is that it’s difficult for human beings to “master their mastery,” that is to say to control their technological and industrial power. Yes, human beings have the power to do wonderful things, they can improve health, they can preserve what has to be protected, but they can also destroy biodiversity, turn climate into a global danger, and deeply damage the planet. This course focuses on key concepts in philosophy in order to consider what models of ethical responsibility might allow for the just and wise treatment of human beings, nonhuman life, the planet, and the weather. We will also consider how affect crosses with philosophy: how might the wonder and horror we feel in response to cascading environmental problems impact – in good or bad ways – efforts toward just and/or wise environmental philosophy? With thinkers Arendt, Braidotti, Callicott, Crutzen, Gosh, Haraway, Jonas, Kant, Luciano, Malm, Lévinas, Nietzsche, Nussbaum, Sagan, Sarkar, Singer, we will question our responsibility vis-à-vis the Blue Marble, human beings, and non-human forms of life. Drawing on the concepts introduced during each session, we will explore films and documentaries (District 9, Ghost in the Shell 2, Grizzly Man, Leviathan, Meek's Cutoff) to reveal their ethical – or unethical – signification.


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