What is nature? Who gets to speak for nature? What is the institutional arrangement, political economic system, and form of political community best suited to cultivating a more sustainable relationship with the more-than-human realm? These questions are best grappled with by putting political theory into conversation with environmental studies. In cultivating this transdisciplinary conversation, we will reconsider both (1) conventional political theoretical debates over democracy, citizenship, sovereignty and justice through the lens of environmental thought, and (2) conventional environmental debates over wilderness, animal rights, environmental justice and climate change through the lens of political theory.
Registration for this course will begin on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00pm in Barn 213A.