Course Title: 
Ecology, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences

'Ecology, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics' is an elective course offered for M.A. Philosophy offered by Amrita Darshanam - International Center for Spiritual Studies , Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Unit I

Ethics and Environmental Ethics:- central questions- on built environment and non-built environment- concept of value in environmental concepts- Instrumental value, Non-instrumental value,intrinsic value- subjectivist value, and objectivist value- man and non-human world.

Unit II

Environmental Ethics:-problems and perspectives according to strong Anthropocentrism – weak anthropocentrism,individualist consequentialistism -individualist deontologicalism – biocentricism-denial of superiority of man - conceptof Holistic Environmental Ethics.

Scope of Environmental Ethics: - Monism and Pluralism- Respect for Nature-Bio centric Ethics-Outlook and implications- Humans inEarth’s community life-Denial of human superiority.

Unit III

Problems of environment and approaches to the problem: Pollution Population- Resources-Cultural Diversity and Appropriate technology-Education and Scientific Knowledge- Ethics of Global Environment and International inequality

Unit IV

Indian approaches to environment: Gita view of mutual dependence-Upanishadic view of Cosmic life-Buddhism on environment- Environment according to Ayurveda . Kalidasas Approach to Environment, Unity of Nature in Indian Scriptures.

Unit V

Concepts of Deep Ecology and Shallow Ecology – eight point derivational system –ecological platform- multiple roots of deep ecology -Eco feminism - Environmental Pragmatism- Ecosystem Ecology


  1. Light, Andrew &Rolston, Holmes. Environmental Ethics. UK: Blackwell, 2007. English.
  2. Fox, Warwick. Toward A Transpersonal Ecology USA: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 1990. English.
  3. R.Des Jardins. Environmental Ethics. UK: Wadsworth, 2004. English.
  4. Singer, Peter. Practical Ethics. USA: Cambridge, 1993. English.
  5. Miller G Tyler. Living in the Environment. USA: Thomson, 2004. English.
  6. Miller G Tyler. Essentials of Ecology. USA: Thomson, 2005. English.
  7. Light & Rolston. Environmental Ethics an Anthology.UK: Blackwell, 2004. English.
  8. Singer, Peter. Applied Ethics. USA: Cambridge University Press, 2001. English.
  9. Hugh La Follette. The Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory. UK: Blackwell, 2007. English.
  10. Singer, Peter ed. UK: Oxford University Press, 1994. English.
  11. Andrew I Cohen and Christopher ed. Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics. UK: Wiley Blackwell, 2009. English.
  12. Fox, Warwick. Built environment. London: Routledge, 2012. English.

Employability aspects

  1. The course will enhance the students ability to deal with Environmental issues and will equip them to be suitable for media related profession
  2. It will equip them to take independent funded projects from agencies to work on Environmental issues
  3. It will motivate them to start NGO's to work on Environmental protection related activities