This is the official site of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. For more than 20 years ISEE has striven to advance research and education in the field of environmental ethics and philosophy, and to promote appropriate human use, respect, conservation, preservation, and understanding of the natural world. Here you’ll find a bevy of information including original articles, book reviews, and presentations, as well as information about events worldwide and links to other environmental ethics-related resources. To join the society or sign up for ISEE’s mailing list, visit the Quick Links section below.
Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) group sessions at the 2018 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The meeting will be held January 3-6, 2018, in Savannah, GA. Submission deadline: July 1, … Continue reading
Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) sessions at the 2017 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The upcoming meeting will be held in the city of Seattle, Washington, from April 12 to April 15, … Continue reading
The Summer 2016 edition (v. 26, n. 1) of the ISEE Newsletter is now available.
ISEE is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Holmes Rolston Early Career Prize. They are Toby Svoboda, an assistant professor at Fairlfield University, and Tyler Kasperbauer, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Food and Resource Economics at … Continue reading
The membership year for the International Society for Environmental Ethics begins on Earth Day, April 22.
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14th Annual Conference
The International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place
University of Mary Washington
April 27-29, 2018
Wild Places, Natural Spaces
We live in a world increasingly populated and altered by human beings. Along with the physical transformations have come fundamental changes in how we conceptualize our relationship with the world around us. Where once wild places represented darkness, danger, and temptation, they now conjure images of personal challenge (“conquering” the Appalachian trail or Mount Rainier), individual spiritual renewal, or hope against the degradation of rampant consumerism, inequality, or political rot. Nature—and its supposed pure form, wilderness—is both seen as the opposite of all things human and yet our true home. These changing and often inconsistent metaphors and models guide us in every area of our lives—the social, economic, aesthetic, philosophic, religious, and scientific. But questions arise at every turn: Are we part of nature or distinct? Do our “real” selves reside in “tamed” or “wild” spaces, and what do these mean? Does our presence in a place, or the effects of our actions on a place, make it irreparably or happily humanized? What responsibilities do we have to develop coherent and ethically-viable constructions of the human/nature nexus? How, historically, have the ideas of wilderness, nature, and society co-evolved? How have they been represented? And, importantly, what does it mean to speak about the wild and the natural in a multicultural world in which we assign different meanings to these concepts?
This interdisciplinary conference will explore these and related questions. We invite papers from any discipline that deal with the theme of this conference. Potential topics include:
· Tame and wild
· Nature and culture
· Technology and society
· Built, or rebuilt, natural place
· Overpopulation and population ethics
· Social construction of nature and culture
· Phenomenology of wild and tame
· Urban environmental ethics
· Anthropological accounts of the wild
· The mapping of human and nonhuman place
· Historic conceptualizations of the natural
· Aesthetic treatment of wildness
· Ethics of preservation
· Activism in defense of the natural
· National parks as repositories of natural processes
Send proposals (please limit to 400 words) to Troy Paddock email@example.com by Friday, February 9, 2018. Each presentation will be capped at 20 minutes with an additional 10 minutes of Q&A time. Proposals for 3-person panels are also welcome (each full session will be 90 minutes).
- Job posting: Faculty Fellow with the Department of Environmental Studies at NYU
- CFP: The Northwestern University Society for the Theory of Ethics and Politics
- Call For Papers-Grappling with the Futures: Insights from Philosophy, History, and Science, Technology and Society
- Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Environmental Ethics New College of Florida
- Reading Retreat in Environmental Philosophy: Umbria, Italy