Why do we care about some animals but not others? Is it right to think natural resources are here for humans to use? And why do scientific “facts” sometimes change over time?

The Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) is offering three free, online courses for middle-schoolers aged 11-14 to discuss these and many other thought-provoking questions.

Students don’t need any experience in philosophy to sign up for classes in Animal Ethics (fall), Environmental Ethics (winter) or the Philosophy of Science (spring). Each course meets on Zoom once a week for four weeks from 7 pm to 8:15 pm Eastern Time (4 pm to 5:15 pm Pacific).

The classes are interactive and students can sign up for one, two or three of them. Applications are available on the PLATO website and are due Sept. 30.

Classes are entirely free, thanks to a grant from Charles Anderson and Pamela Gross through the San Juan Island Community Foundation For more information, please contact Jana Mohr Lone at jana@plato-philosophy.org

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