546-0615/01 – Philosophy and Ethics of Environment (FEZP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Environmental EngineeringCredits3
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory
Year2Semestersummer
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2008/2009Year of cancellation2013/2014
Intended for the facultiesHGFIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
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KUP73 doc. Ing. Jiří Kupka, Ph.D.
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Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 0+2
Combined Graded credit 6+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The goal of the subject is to acquaint the students with the problems of environmental ethics. The students will learn in exercises the skills based on the competencies of environmental engineer.

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Summary

Environmental ethics is the discipline that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its nonhuman contents. This course covers: (1) the challenge of environmental ethics to the anthropocentrism (i.e., human-centeredness) embedded in traditional western ethical thinking; (2) the early development of the discipline in the 1960s and 1970s; (3) the connection of deep ecology, feminist environmental ethics, and social ecology to politics; (4) the attempt to apply traditional ethical theories, including consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, to support contemporary environmental concerns; and (5) the focus of environmental literature on wilderness, and possible future developments of the discipline.

Compulsory literature:

Light, A. and Katz, E. 1996. Environmental Pragmatism, London: Routledge. Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., Randers, J., and Behrens, W. W. 1972. The Limits to Growth, New York: New American Library.Sessions, G. (ed) 1995. Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Boston: Shambhala 1995.

Recommended literature:

Witoszek, N. and Brennan, A. (eds) 1999. Philosophical Dialogues: Arne Næss and the Progress of Eco-Philosophy, New York: Rowan and Littlefield.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Zpracování tří seminárních prací: 1) Etika a filosofie životního prostředí a "já" 2) Esej na téma "Dilemata" (např. zhodnocení postojů odpůrců a stoupenců globálního otepování, včetně silných a slabých stránek jejich argumentace a představení vlastního názoru) 3) Zpracování referátu na základě četby knihy s tématikou etiky a filosofie životního prostředí

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Prerequisities

Subject has no prerequisities.

Co-requisities

Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics in the environment. Definitions. Perceptions on ethics, environmentalism, ecology and environmental ethics. Morality and ethics, from ethics to environmental ethics. Analysis of the most influential currents of thought contemporary environmental ethics - anthropocentrism, biocentrism, and ekocentrismu teocentrismu. Deep, deep ecology; ekofeminismus. Hypothesis "Gaia". People and "other" animals. Why do we protect nature? Ethics Environmental (environmental) responsibilities.

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Combined form (validity from: 2009/2010 Winter semester, validity until: 2013/2014 Summer semester)
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Graded exercises evaluation Graded credit 100  51
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2012/2013 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2012/2013 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2012/2013 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Most 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2011/2012 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Most 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2010/2011 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Most 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2009/2010 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering K Czech Most 2 Choice-compulsory study plan
2008/2009 (N2102) Mineral Raw Materials (3904T005) Environmental Engineering P Czech Ostrava 2 Choice-compulsory study plan

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