310. Philosophy of the Environment.

Our current environmental problems are due primarily to the total
volume of human consumption. This course focuses on the problem
of high consumption in developed countries and possible solutions
for it. Is this high consumption necessary for our happiness, or could
we be just as happy while doing less damage to the natural world?
If we could, as many environmentalists argue, why do so few of us
live as though we truly believe that? Is it possible to consume less,
either as individuals or as a society? What kinds of changes are
feasible in society to reduce our damage to the natural world? The
course offers a theory of happiness intended to make it possible to
answer these questions. Prerequisite: Philosophy 100 or 103, or
Environmental Studies 101, or permission of the instructor. Also
offered as Environmental Studies 310 and through Peace Studies.