Ecophilosophy 2606

Course Objectives

The course in ecophilosophy is just as much about life philosophy as it is about nature philosophy. It builds on an eco-centric (life-focused) position centred on the relationship between nature, culture and self, also expressed in the relationship between place, community and individual. The course consists of three parts:

  1. The relationship between nature, culture and self in Western philosophy and society
  2. Deep ecology and ecosophy
  3. Various topics

Course Description

The course first provides a philosophical introduction to the relationship between nature, culture and self in the Western world, and will also include discussion of other cultures. Second, the course will present the international deep ecology movement and give the students a chance to develop their own ecosophy, which is about the connection between 1) how they view and think about the relationship between nature, culture and self, and 2) how they live (lifestyle). This connection will be problematised and different approaches discussed. Third, ecophilosophical and ethical questions will be raised in different areas, such as outdoor life, eco-feminism, use/protection of nature, cultural landscapes, bio-regionalism, education, business, politics and ecologically sustainable development.

Learning Methods

Lectures and seminars. Attendance and participation are very important.

Assessment Methods

Two short-papers: 25% each; oral presentation: 50%. Students must receive passing marks in all parts of the assessment in order to achieve a passing mark for the course.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Judith M Torvik <>, last modified Judith Anne Mc G Torvik - 08/03/2010