Module 4

Let's take a look at the applied field of ethics known as environmental ethics. Moral status remains a vital issue; in this case, how do we determine which of the members of the environment possess moral status? We also need to reflect on intrinsic versus instrumental worth within our study.

Case Study: Fast Fashion & Textile Waste

What happens when our needs conflict with other potential moral agents? How important is, say, our moisture wicking shirt or new stuff for school?


How is moral status framed within environmental ethics?


Thought Experiment: Tragedy of the Commons

Discussion Questions:
  • What are some examples of the tragedy of the commons that appear in real life (most of us are not herdsmen!)?
  • Is the inference stronger than the challenges?


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