Please join us for our philosophy walk on Saturday, June 29th from 9am-12pm where we’ll be exploring environmental ethics, technology, and conservation & land ethics.
Special guest speakers/philosophers-on-trail — Christopher Preston (Professor of Philosophy, University of Montana Missoula) & Patrick Kelly (Philosopher & Conservationist, University of Montana Missoula). Some of the territory we’ll be exploring includes:
- Conservation — Public Trust Doctrine (what is it and what are some of the philosophical underpinnings/questions/values that inspired its creation?), What are some of its challenges (is it expansive enough? Does it leave anything out? Are there practical issues?). Does the public trust doctrine simply reflect our collective values or does it also shape our values? If it shapes our values, how so and what does this mean/implications for current and future generations?
- Environmental Ethics — Traditional approaches and considerations, traditional approaches and considerations, past issues and current issues
- Synthetic Nature — What is it? What sort of questions does it raise? Challenges? Concerns?
- The Conservation & Technology Relationship — Does or can conservation efforts fit in with technology? Is technology “opposed” to nature or part of nature?
- Expanding the Public Trust Doctrine — What might this look like? Philosophically? Practically? What sort of advantages would doing this provide?
- The Public Trust Doctrine & Synthetic Nature -Would an expanded public trust doctrine have to also cover/apply to whatever constructions of synthetic nature might be in place? Is this desirable? Would this problematic, philosophically and practically? What would the implications of doing so be?
Meeting/Hike Location: Mount Helena Trailhead (at parking lot kiosk). From there we’ll take either the either the 1906 or prairie trail (For more trail info, seehttp://pricklypearlt.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PPLT_map11-17_WEB-2.pdf).
To learn more & sign-up for our free meandering, visit our philosophy walks page.