Reading Group: Environmental Virtue Ethics III, Environmental Virtues and Education

Leo Catana and CApE invite all interested parties to join us in exploring the responses to the ecological crisis from the perspectives of modern environmental virtue ethics. In this third instalment, we will explore environmental virtue ethics in the context of education, where we will be joined by dr. Karen Elizabeth Jordan, who will be hosting the workshop the day after: Environmental virtue ethics: Environmental virtue ethics and education – University of Copenhagen (

The text we will be discussing is The intersection of environmental and sustainability education, and character education: An instrumental case study by dr. Karen Elizabeth Jordan.
As the prior sessions, this reading group will be hosted by the Center for Applied Ecological Thinking, Læderstræde 20, 1201 København K. and as always we will be offering coffee, beers (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and crisps/snacks at the end of the session.

Environmental Virtue Ethics

Virtue ethics claims that the formation of character traits is central to human behaviour. Virtue ethics was originally developed in Greek antiquity, notably by Aristotle, but it has been revived as a normative theory by modern ethicists since the 1980s. Over the last two decades, it has been put to use by environmental ethicists, who have asked, which character traits are climate-friendly, e.g. care, curiosity, etc.

The reading group is directed by associate professor Leo Catana, Section of Philosophy, UCPH. Please read Fremtidens klimaløsninger: Glem ikke humanisterne og teologerne for an introduction to environmental virtue ethics in Danish. Please read Envrionmental Ethics for a broad introduction in English to contemporary environmental ethics.

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