September 2017 Philosophy Walk (Environmental Ethics, Conservation & Preservation)

Part 1 of our 3-Part Fall Philosophy Walk Series on environmental ethics, conservation, preservation, hunting and hunting ethics, governance/policy and community took place on Sunday, September 24th on Merlin Nature Preserve. 

And we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day!  The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the views were spectacular.  Thank you Mother Nature!

Thank you to our Guest Speakers/Co-Philosophers-on-Trail Patricia Heiser, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Earth Science, Carroll College), Mark Smillie, Ph.D. (Professor of Philosophy & Environmental Ethics, Carroll College) & Bill Hallinan (Wild Divide Chapter Volunteer, Montana Wilderness Association).  Thank you also to Lenny Eckhardt of Dead Dino Productions for photographing and recording our walk.

What We Talked About

Our group of 14 enjoyed a 3.5 mile walk and delightful conversation about:

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Traditional Environmental Ethicists
  • ‘Deep Ecology’ Environmental Ethicists
  • Preservation & Conservation (of Habitat & Wildlife)
  • Our relationship with the natural world
  • Montana natural history & sense of place
  • And more…


To view and download resources from our walk, click on the images below.

Cadastral Map, Satellite Overview, Topographic Map, Independent Conservation Easements, Corridors, Continental Divide

Environmental Ethics-Related Resources

The Man, the Legend…Walkin’ Jim Stoltz

Audio Recordings

To listen to some of these discussions led by our special guest speakers/co-philosophers on trail, click on the applicable play button below!

Patricia Heiser
Mark Smillie


Bill Hallinan

Thank you to P.L.A.T.O. (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) for helping to support our philosophy in the community programs and making events like this possible!

Pictures from Our Walk

Check out pictures from September Philosophy Walk Series below!

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