This course explores ethical issues concerning our relationship to the environment. Do nature and the environment have ethical standing? Can we defend an environmental ethic that extends our moral and legal obligations beyond members of the human species, to include animals, plants and whole ecosystems? Ethical theories will be considered with respect to current social and political issues on nature and the environment (eg global warming. sustainability, pesticide use, animal rights, and corporate agriculture). (lec 3) cr 3. Students may not retain credit for both PHIL 2217 and PHIL 2215.