Japanese Philosophy and Environmental Ethics

Course Type: Seminar
Study Focus: KBR
Term: Spring

Teacher: Roman PASCA

Course Code: JK09001

In this course, we will try to think together about the different understandings of “nature” and about the different ways in which we can engage with it.



How do I, as an individual human being, fit into the world of nature? Am I a part of it, or do I control it? Do I have the right to cut a tree? What is my responsibility toward the environment? How do I respond to the current environmental (existential) crisis?
In this course, we will start from these questions and try to think together about the different understandings of “nature” and about the different ways in which we can engage with it. We will first discuss several fundamental texts for the discipline of environmental ethics, and then move on to focus on views of nature in Japanese philosophical texts.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: None.

Day/Period: Thur/4
Location: Sem. Room 7
Credits: 2


Course Goals

This class will give students the tools
1) to critically examine theories, notions and concepts related to environmental ethics;
2) to understand the philosophical way of looking at nature in Japan;
3) to formulate and express their opinions, ideas and arguments in a clear manner in writing, discussions, and oral presentations.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS.

Evaluation is based on active class participation (25%), a presentation (25%), and a final report (50%).