International Society for Environmental Ethics 2019 Summer Conference

Adapting Environmental Ethics to Rapid, Anthropogenic, and Global Ecological Change

H.J. Andrews Forest Research Station

Blue River, Oregon

 JULY 10-13, 2019

 Global biophysical systems have remined relatively stable across twelve thousand years of the Holocene Epoch, providing background climatic and ecological conditions for the emergence and development of human civilization as we know it. While there is convincing evidence of that the state and function of global earth systems, and thus subsequent environmental and biological conditions, have been significantly different across geologic time, alterations underway today stand out for their rapidity and anthropogenic origin. The so-called Anthropocene portends unprecedented and arguably irreversible ecological conditions arising within only a few hundred years, or less.

The theme of this conference is to recognize the need for received frameworks of environmental thinking and historic environmental imaginaries to be revisited, adapted, and perhaps radically revised – or not – in response to normative, political, and existential demands precipitated by radical anthropogenic environmental change across global, regional, and local scales.



July 10                                                                                           

5:00 pm     Introduction, Check-in, and Welcome to the H.J. Andrews

5:30 – 6:15 pm     Dinner


  • Eugene Chislenko, “The Role of Philosophers in Climate Change”
    • Comments by Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
  • Jeremy Sorgen, “Adapting Ethics to Environmental Change”
    • Comments by Ken Shockley

8:00 – 10:00 pm     Welcome Reception

July 11                                                                                            

8:00 – 8:45 am     Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am     Session II – BIOTECHNOLOGY

  • Christopher Preston, “Whither Gene Drives”
    • Comments by Tama Weisman
  • Evelyn Brister, “Is Biotech a Strategy for Rewilding?”
    • Comments by Ben Hale

10:45 am – 12:15     Session III – JUSTICE FOR ALL

  • Thomas Bretz, “Disability and Environmental Justice”
    • Comments by Eugene Chislenko
  • Julia Gibson, “Climate Justice for the Dead and Dying”
    • Comments by Ben Almassi

12:30 – 1:15 pm     Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm     Session IV (NEO-) LIBERALISM IN ACTION

  • Christopher Rice, “The Green New Deal and Local Action”
    • Comments by Jay Odenbaugh
  • Tama Weisman, “On Honey Bees, Neo-Liberalism, and the Anthropocene”
    • Comments by Allison Fritz

3:15-4:45 pm     Session V – SEEING CHANGE IN NATURE

  • Allison Fitz, “Visualizing Climate Change: How Perception, Affect, and Personality Influence ‘Seeing'”
    • Comments by Kimberly Dill
  • Eva Maria Räpple, “Nature Passing By”
    • Comments by Katie McShane

5:00 – 5:45 pm     ISEE Annual Business Meeting

6:00 – 6:45 pm     Dinner

7:00 – 9:00 pm   KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Katie McShane

9:00 – 11:00 pm     Social Reception

July 12                                                                                             

8:00 – 8:45 am     Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 pm     Session VII – CLIMATE CHANGE ETHICS

  • Mikko Puumala, “Climate Change & Adaptive Limits of Human Morality”
    • Comments by Allen Thompson
  • Kian Mintz-Woo, “Historical Responsibility for Loss and Damage”
    • Comments by Av Hiller

10:45 – 12:15 pm     Session VI – ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE

  • Levi Tenen, “Nature’s Extrinsic Final Value”
    • Comments by Huey-li Li
  • Megs Gendreau, “Valuing Out of Context”
    • Comments by Thomas Bretz

12:30 – 1:15 pm     Lunch

1:30 – 2:00 pm     Long Term Ecological Research/Reflections at the Andrews Forest, with Dr. Michael Nelson (PI, OSU/H.J. Andrews LTER)

2:00 – 3:00 pm     Walk down to the Blue River with Dr. Fred Swanson (OSU Forestry)

3:00 – 5:30 pm     Hike the Discovery Trail or Old Growth Trail with Fred Swanson

5:30 – 7:00 pm    Spotted Owl Listening Walk with Tim Fox

7:00 – 8:00 pm     Dinner

8:00 – 10:00 pm     Campfire Reception


July 13                                                                                                 

8:00 – 8:45 pm     Breakfast

9:00 – 11:15 pm    Session IX – ISSEUS RE: THE ANTHROPOCENE

  • Simona Capisani, “Assuming the Anthropocene”
    • Comments by Alex Lee
  • Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, “Autonomous Conceptions of Our Planetary Situation”
    • Comments by Kian Mintz-Woo
  • Huey-li Li, “A Critical Examination of Confucianism in the Age of the Anthropocene”
    • Comments by Marion Hourdequin

11:30 – 1:00 pm     Session X – MORAL REPAIR AND DEVELOPMENT

  • Ben Almassi, “Environmental Justice and Restorative Justice Without Romanticism”
    • Comments by Julia Gibson
  • Alex Hamilton and Alex Lee, “Environmental Problems are Development Problems”
    • Comments by Mikko Puumala

1:00 – 2:00 pm     Lunch

Conference Close