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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2055: Ecology, Environment and Conservation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Mark Colyvan, Stefan Linquist, William Grey, Paul E. Griffiths, Jay Odenbaugh, and Hugh P. Possingham (2009) A Field Guide to the Philosophy of Ecology

Marc Lange (2005) Ecological laws: what would they be and why would they matter? Oikos, 110(2), 394-403.

Weiner, Jacob (1995) On the practice of Ecology. Journal of Ecology, 83(1), 153-158.

Godfrey-Smith, Peter (2006) The Strategy of Model-Based Science. Biology and philosophy, 21(5), 725-740.

Jay Odenbaugh (2005) Idealized, inaccurate but successful: A pragmatic approach to evaluating models in theoretical ecology. Biology and Philosophy, 20(2-3), 231-255.

Mark Colyvan (2005) Probability and Ecological Complexity. Biology and Philosophy 20:869–879

Kim Sterelny (2006) Local Ecological Communities. Philosophy of Science, 73(2), 215-231.

Kirchner, James W (2002) The Gaia Hypothesis: Fact, Theory and Wishful thinking. Climatic Change, 52(4), 391-408.

Mark Sagoff Animal Liberation and Environmental Ethics: Bad Marriage and Quick Divorce. Osgoode Hall Law Journal 22 (1984): 297-307.

Sahorta Sarkar (2002) Defining “Diversity”; Assessing Diversity. The Monist, 85(1), 131-155.

Sober, Elliot (1986) Philosophical Problems for Environmentalism. IN: The preservation of the species, Norton (ed). Princeton University Press.

Mark Colyvan & Katie Steel (2011), Environmental Ethics and Decision Theory: Fellow Travellers or Bitter Enemies? Philosophy of Ecology, 11, 285.