Nature and Environmental Humanities

This course is foundational to understanding the contemporary development in the field of environmental humanities. It will explore topic such as concept of nature and environment, disciplinary foundation of the study of nature such as philosophy of biology, ecocriticism and environmental hermeneutics. The course will engage with both text and discussion on contemporary issues related to environment and ethics and human relatedness to the world around.


Since the syllabi in MCPH are dynamic and regularly updated, this reading list is indicative and amenable to modifications in each session.

Ernst Mayr, The Growth of Biological Thought, Diversity, Evolution and Inheritance

Edward O. Wilson, Sociobiology: The Abridged Edition

Clingerman, Biophilia

Kate Sopher, What is Nature

Bruce V. Foltz and Robert Frodeman (eds), Rethinking Nature (select chapters)

Michael E. Zimmerman, J. Baird Callicott, Karen J. Warren, Irene J. Klaver, John Clark (eds), Environmental Philosophy: From Animal Rights to Radical Ecology (4th edition) (select chapters)

J. Baird Callicott & Roger T. Ames (eds), Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought (select chapters)

Greg Gerrard, The Ecocriticism Reader