Teaching Philosophy

Volume 38, Issue 3, September 2015

Jane Drexler
Pages 289-305

Philosophy for General Education
Teaching Introductory Environmental Ethics for Non-Majors

This article explores the value of teaching Environmental Ethics as an introductory-level general education course for non-majors. It focuses on how philosophy can help students discern multiple voices within discourses, texts and thinking, and by doing so disrupt several untenable mental paradigms that new and underprepared students often bring with them to college: fixed and dualistic notions of truth, relativistic conceptions of difference, and decontextualized approaches to issues and ideas. This article also presents examples of class activities that are designed to foster multivocal thinking and that are also manageable for faculty with high teaching loads.