In order to liven up my class in Environmental Ethics during the usual mid-term doldrums, I started a discussion of zombie ethics. I'd just watched the popular movie Zombieland and it occurred to me that the major ethical issues about dealing with the environment would arise in a different form if zombies actually turned up. I planned to spend only the first 15 minutes on the topic, but the large class got excited by the topic and a lively discussion took up the whole 75 minute session.
In preparation, I had compiled the following questions that I thought might interest the students:
1.Do zombies have rights?
2.Do zombies raised from the dead by voodoo have different rights than zombies infected by viruses?
3.Do zombies have intrinsic value?
4.Do zombies have needs?
5.Should ethical decision making consider consequences for zombies?
6.Are zombies sustainable? What are their environmental effects?
7.Should we care about zombies?
8.Should we care about future generations of zombies?
9.Should zombies be managed by governments or by free markets?
10.How should zombie costs and benefits be distributed?
11.How do zombies affect international justice?
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