833115 Environmental ethics

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Lettenbichler, Lena , Weish, Peter
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Biological roots of morality. The era of enlightenment and its consequences. Systems analysis of the environmental crisis and its roots in the history of ideas. Cartesian dualism. The traditional anthropocentric limitation of ethics and the necessity of new concepts. Albert Schweitzer and his ethics of "reverence to life". The principle of responsibility (Hans Jonas). Science, technology and responsibility. The necessity of control of technology by society. Environmental protection and politics, environmental protection and legislation. Sustainable development as an (anthropocentric) ethical concept. The necessity of an holistic ethical concept. The social dimensions of environmental ethics: Organizing responsibility. Environmental ethics requires knowledge in human ecology. Therefore ethical principles are discussed in connection with relevant examples.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understanding the causes and dimensions of the environmental crisis. Giving the reasons for the criteria of judgement concerning different environmentally relevant paths of development.

Intensifying conscience and readyness for personal responsibility.
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