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Environmental Ethics: Animals & Ecosystems - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Find out more about ethical concerns that deal with animals and the ecosystem with this chapter. You can track your progress with our interactive quizzes and contact our biology instructors with any questions you have. Working on this chapter will help you study:
- Human values and moral status
- Effects of speciesism, biocentrism, egocentrism, ecofeminism and deep and social ecology
- Arguments surrounding animal rights
- The environment, ecosystems and biodiversity
- Environmental concerns of the future
|Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems||Explore how human values influence how we view problems with the environment.|
|Moral Status: Definition, Philosophy & Criteria||Review the ideas behind determining moral status.|
|Moral Status: Applications for Animal Rights||Explain arguments for and against animal rights.|
|Speciesism in Environmental Ethics||Ensure you understand speciesism and its role in this form of ethics.|
|Biocentrism in Environmental Ethics||Get ready to understand the definition of biocentrism.|
|Egocentrism in Environmental Ethics||Prepare to learn more about egocentrism.|
|Deep Ecology in Environmental Ethics||Explore the arguments involved with deep ecology.|
|Ecofeminism in Environmental Ethics||Focus on strengthening what you know about ecofeminism.|
|Social Ecology in Environmental Ethics||Define and understand social ecology.|
|Animal Rights: Ethics & Arguments||Review the traditional Western view of animal rights.|
|The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems||Find out more about different levels of the ecology.|
|Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches||Improve your understanding of ecosystems and habitats.|
|What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability||Learn to discuss the importance of biodiversity.|
|Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution||Look ahead to the environmental concerns we'll face in the future.|
1. Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems
Environmental ethics take into consideration the moral obligations human beings have concerning the environment. Learn how environmental ethics and human values affect our ability to understand and solve environmental problems.
2. Moral Status: Definition, Philosophy & Criteria
In this lesson, we will define and describe the concept of moral status,and identify the suggested criteria for moral status, including Kantian and Cartesian theories.
3. Moral Status: Applications for Animal Rights
What is moral status? This lesson defines moral status as it applies to animal rights, provides arguments for and against moral status for animals, and explains how it has impacted the environment and animals to this day.
4. Speciesism in Environmental Ethics
Are you more important than someone else? Do you think that we're all pretty much the same? Have you ever thought about how this applies to animals and nature? Well, this lesson goes over this topic with respect to different species and nature.
5. Biocentrism in Environmental Ethics
Biocentrism is a philosophical and ethical premise that all living organisms should be considered as equals. In this lesson we compare this to the anthropocentric viewpoint that places humans at the center of moral and ethical decision making.
6. Ecocentrism in Environmental Ethics
In this lesson, we explore the perspective of ecocentrism within environmental ethics, defining and explaining both concepts. We also explore some of the early ecocentrists and highlight issues and problems this perspective faces.
7. Deep Ecology in Environmental Ethics
In this lesson, we explore the perspective of deep ecology, one of many views within environmental ethics. We'll discuss its formation, principles of deep ecology, and critiques within environmental ethics.
8. Ecofeminism in Environmental Ethics
In this lesson, we explore the views of ecofeminism, a philosophical perspective within environmental ethics. We specifically address the origins of this view, how ecofeminists define their position, and debates within the perspective.
9. Social Ecology in Environmental Ethics
Are environmental issues different from social issues or are they connected? In this lesson, we'll examine social ecology, including what it is and its key components, as well as how it links social issues with environmental ones.
10. Animal Rights & Animal Welfare: Definition & Difference
In this lesson, you will learn about animal rights and animal welfare. Are they the same? If not, then what are the important differences between these two concepts?
11. Animal Rights & Animal Welfare in Science
In this lesson, you will learn about how animals are used by the scientific community, and how that ties into the concept of animal rights and welfare.
12. Animal Rights & Animal Welfare in Agriculture
In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of animals in agriculture. Discover if animals in the agricultural industry have any rights, and if they are subject to any animal welfare laws.
13. Tom Regan & The Case for Animal Rights
In this lesson, you will learn about American philosopher Tom Regan as well as some of his interesting views on the concept of animal rights in the modern world.
14. The Environment, Levels of Ecology and Ecosystems
Do you know the difference between an environment and an ecosystem? In this lesson, you'll find out what makes an environment, and what makes an ecosystem. You'll also learn what ecology is and some of the ways that scientists study ecology using organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems and even the entire biosphere.
15. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches
Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.
16. What is Biodiversity? - Definition and Relation to Ecosystem Stability
Imagine making a list of all of the species you have ever heard of; it would be an enormous list! There are many different species on this planet. This lesson will explore the diversity of species, as well as the different types of diversity and how diversity of life is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems.
17. Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution
There are many issues that raise future environmental concerns. Learn how the environment may be impacted by the growing population and food and energy needs of the world, as well as growing pollution concerns as we move through the 21st century.
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