Jon Jensen has been a professor in Philosophy and Environmental Studies since 2002, with a focus in environmental philosophy and science. Some of his course topics include Environmental Philosophy and Forays.
In January Term, Professor Jensen leads a course in which students will examine and evaluate current and proposed policies for addressing environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest. They will pay particular attention to the range of actors involved in the making of environmental policy and will emphasize the relationship among politics, economics, ethics, and science in the making of environmental policies.
I see philosophy as the heart of liberal arts, because it forces us to make connections across disciplines and to question fundamental assumptions. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help students see the relevance of philosophy for their everyday lives. Activities as ubiquitous as eating are filled with philosophical questions, which I explore with students in the classroom.