Feb 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue
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PO 260 - Political Theories of the Environment


This course explores the relation between the human (and political life) and the natural.  We will attend first to modern political thought and the relation of ideas of individual liberty with the purpose of “the conquest of nature.”  That conquest has led both to the loss of natural environments, on the one hand, and to the conquest of natural diseases and the construction of new habitats and flourishing economies on the other.  We turn, then, to critiques of the new politics, critiques which seek to restore an appreciation for wilderness and its spiritual benefits. Concepts of nature thus frame our concepts of human liberty and good character.   Finally, students will engage in the application of these theories to current environmental debates, and to the tension between preservationists and conservationists. This course is required for Environmental Studies majors.  This course is required for Environmental Studies majors. (Formerly PO 270)

Four credits.



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