In Spain, concern about the relationship between humans and their natural environment has traditionally been studied from experimental and social sciences (Ecology, Geography, Sociology…). In the late 20th century, scholars from the humanities, such as philosophy or law begun to investigate environmental ethics issues. However, consideration of environmental ethics as a specific discipline is relatively new and still under development.

Since the eighties, several authors have specifically approached this branch of ethics, noteworthy José María García Gómez Heras and Nicolás M. Sosa (University of Salamanca) and Jesus Ballesteros (University of Valencia). More particularly, and framed in the discipline of bioethics, other authors wrote on environmental ethics from a Catholic perspective: Javier Gafo (Pontifical University of Comillas), Francesc Abel (Borja Institute of Bioethics). From a more concrete view and not from bioethics it may be noted (in Catholic theology) Juan Ruiz de la Peña or José Román Flecha Andrés at the Pontifical University of Salamanca.

Today, there are some centers and researchers devoted to environmental ethics: Carmen Velayos, Luciano Espinosa and Teresa López de la Vieja (University of Salamanca), Alfredo Marcos and Alicia H. Puleo (University of Valladolid), Pablo M. De Anguita, M. Ángeles Martín and Fernando Arribas Herguedas (Rey Juan Carlos University), Jorge Riechmann (Autonomous University of Madrid), M ª José Guerra Palmero (University of La Laguna), Francisco Garrido Peña (University of Jaén), Joaquín Valdivielso (University of the Balearic Islands), Marta Tafalla (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Joaquín Sempere, Begoña Román Maestre and – recently – Norbert Bilbeny (University of Barcelona), among others.

Other authors specifically related to Animal Ethics are: Oscar Horta (University of Santiago de Compostela), Pablo de Lora (Autonomous University of Madrid), Mª Asunción Herrera (University of Oviedo), Jesús Mosterín (CSIC) and Francisco Lara (University of Granada) among others.

As a result of an agreement with Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno, in 2013 a Chair on Environmental Ethics was created at the University of Alcalá, which promotes teaching and research in this area, and hosts the national representation of the International Society of Environmental Ethics (ISEE).

ISEE Representative

Emilio Chuvieco Salinero
Environmental Ethics Chair
Department of Geology, Geography and Environment.
University of Alcalá.
C / Colegios, 2. 28801. Alcalá de Henares Madrid

Schools, Programs, Degrees, Classes

Currently, there are several programs that include Environmental Ethics:

Degree: Philosophy (University of Salamanca, University of Valladolid, University of Barcelona, ​​etc.); Environmental Science and transversal course (University of Alcalá).

Master: Master in Bioethics (Rey Juan Carlos University, Borja Institute of Bioethics, University of Barcelona, ​​Comillas University, Catholic University of Ávila, UNED, University of Murcia, etc.); Master in Animal Law and Society, Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Law and Society (University of Barcelona), Master in Advanced Studies in Philosophy (University of Salamanca), etc.

Doctorate: Environmental Studies and Disciplines (IDEA).

Summer School: University of Alcalá, Menéndez Pelayo International University.

Classes have also been taught in the following Spanish universities:

Centers, Organizations, Journals

  • Chair of Environmental Ethics “Fundación Tatiana Pérez de Guzmán el Bueno” (University of Alcalá). Madrid.
  • Departments of Philosophy: University of Salamanca, University of Valladolid, University of Barcelona, ​​etc.
  • Other centers: Bioethics and Law Observatory, Borja Institute of Bioethics, Chair of Bioethics at the Pontifical University of Comillas, Research Group in Applied Ethics and Democracy (University of Valencia), Cátedra Ethos (Ramón Llull University), etc.
  • Newsletter
  • Ramon Llull Journal of Applied Ethics
  • Dilemata (CSIC’s international journal of applied ethics with an specific area of environmental ethics)
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