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For this first reading response, I’d like you to focus on your own ideas about what environmental ethics means and why it is important. Our approach to the course is grounded in philosophical inquiry, which means it is important to be clear about our terms and their meanings. For this response, please respond in complete sentences to the following prompts:
Define ethics. What does the term mean to you? For this part of the response, write two to three sentences, drawing from your own experience. Do not refer to any other text or source.
Second, define environmental ethics. What does this term mean to you. For this part of the response, write two to three sentences, drawing from your own experience. Do not refer to any other text or source.
Next, choose one text that was assigned for week one and define environmental ethics according to the author or authors of the text. Do not simply copy and paste – use your own words and explain the definition according to the authors. Include the name of the text and the author(s) in your response.
Lastly, in a few sentences, describe why environmental ethics is an important field of study to you personally. You can write about what you’d like to learn in this class, or an aspect of environmental ethics you find compelling, significant, or problematic.
Your response should be constructed in well-formed, organized sentences and paragraphs. You response should be at least three full paragraphs and not more than five paragraphs in length.