Environmental Ethics
and Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D

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Lecture Topics

Conscience of a Progressive
    (A Book in Progress)

A Dim View of Libertarianism

Rawls and the Duty to Posterity
    (Doctoral Dissertation)

The Ecology Project

For Environmental Educators

The Russian Environment

    (Critiques of Post Modernism)

Notes from the Brink
    (Peace Studies)

The Gadfly's Bio Sketch

The Gadfly's Publications

The Online Gadfly: Editorial Policy

The Gadfly's E-Mail: gadfly@igc.org

Classical Guitar:
"The Other Profession



The Environmental Educator's Page


To the best of our knowledge, the first course in Environmental Ethics to be offered by a philosopher at any campus of the University of California was introduced by the Gadfly in the Spring of 1980. That course has since evolved as he has presented it numerous times at campuses in California, Colorado, and most recently (Winter, 1997) at Northland College in Wisconsin.

Herein we include, for the use of Environmental Ethics teachers elsewhere, the basic course materials for that class: the syllabus, the introductory essay, and a collection of topical essays. Our only conditions for their use are the usual: (a) acknowledgment of their source, and (b) notification to the author. (Our e-mail address: gadfly@igc.org).

Environmental Ethics -- A Course Syllabus

Environmental Ethics -- An Introduction.

Topics in Environmental Ethics.

A Note from the Editor

Moral Psychology and the Environment

Ecology for Ethicists

Responsibility for the Environment

A New Ethic?

The Significance of Wilderness


Environmental Axiology

Animal Liberation

Economics and the Environment


Policy-Making by the Numbers


The Duty to Posterity

Holism and Contextualism

An Ecomoralist's Summary and Credo

Afterword: The Lessons of Nature.

Can the Environmentalist Escape Philosophy?

The Hulings Lectures: 

Environmental Ethics as a Liberal Art
What Good is a Planet?  An Exploration of Environmental Axiology

The Quotation Bin


Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .