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Here is an example of a five day course (x 2-3 hours contact time per day):

Course Title: Ethics, People, and Environment: Which Way Forward? An Intensive Introduction to Environmental Ethics

Nature and Structure of the Course

Ethics concerns "the values we should live by" and the question of the values we should live by in regard to our relationship with the world around us - our environment - is assuming increasing importance at this stage of our planetary history. This course will therefore introduce you to the wide range of ideas and approaches that have been developed in the emerging field of environmental ethics. As befits a philosophically oriented course, this course will not attempt to tell you what to think. Rather, it will provide you with a wide range of ideas and concepts that you can use in order to reflect on these important issues in a more informed and detailed way.

Do not be scared by the "philosophical" nature of this course: it assumes no prior knowledge of ethics or environmental ethics, but it does aim to give you a good introductory grounding in the range of ideas and approaches that are being developed within the field of environmental ethics.

Subject to the time available - including the need for group discussion - we will aim to cover the following each day:

Session 1: An introduction to ethics; the history of Western attitudes towards the nonhuman world; and the main instrumental (or use or resource-based) value approaches we have taken to the world around us. (This is a lot to cover and may spill over a little into the second session.)

Session 2: The influential "radical ecology" approaches of deep ecology and ecofeminism.

Session 3: The leading approaches to animal ethics together with consideration of cutting-edge research on the interior lives of animals.

Session 4: The main approaches to life-based ethics and ecosystem integrity (or holistic) ethics.

Session 5: The need for a General Ethics (i.e., an ethics that includes not only interhuman ethics and the ethics of the natural environment but also the ethics of the human-constructed, or built, environment) together with an introduction to Warwick Fox's theory of responsive cohesion, which represents the first example of a General Ethics.


Unpacking the Other Courses

The above example (briefly) unpacks the second course listed on the preceding pages of this section. If you are potentially interested in any of the other courses, seminars, lectures, or personal briefings then again, please contact me and I can unpack them for you in a similar way.

Contact: warwick@warwickfox.com

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