ISEE 2020 Pacific Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Group Sessions

Call for Papers


2020 Pacific Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics group sessions at the 2020 Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA). The meeting will be held April 8-11, 2020, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California.

Special consideration will be given this year to work in the areas of climate change, conservation, and resource scarcity. We invite submissions of individual papers (approximately 20 minute presentations) or proposals for themed sessions (particular topics, author-meets-critics, etc.).

ISEE is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome submissions from all, including scholars of color, LGTBQ scholars, indigenous scholars, and other scholars from communities underrepresented in the profession.

Please include any interest in chairing a session as well.

People working in any area of ethics concerning environmental issues are encouraged to submit proposals.

Submission Procedure:

  • For individual paper submissions, please submit either: (1) a 300-word abstract, or (2) a full paper (approx. 3000 words).
  • For themed sessions, please submit the proposed session title, a brief description of the session, names of all those participating, and titles for each paper. Paper abstracts (of up to 300 words) are strongly encouraged. Participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.
  • Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to: Alex Lee (ISEE Secretary) at 
Please include “ISEE/APA” in the subject line.
  • The deadline for submitting proposals is September 15, 2019.

Workshop – Politics of Wonder: Difference and Dignity in Nature and Society

The University of Exeter’s Centre for Political Thought and Egenis: The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary workshop:

Politics of Wonder: Difference and Dignity in Nature and Society

Half-day workshop, Thurs 12th September 2019, University of Exeter, UK



In her work on the ethics of non-human species, Martha Nussbaum has argued that an attitude of wonder should play a central role in our dealings with the world of living nature. For Nussbaum, wonder at a being’s particular form of life enables us to recognize it as a subject of dignity, worthy of respect and consideration in various ways.

This workshop will explore applications of this idea to human socio-political relations. If wonder at the diversity of life in general can open up our perception of the scope of dignity and respect, can wonder in the context of human difference enhance respect between people? What are the implications for our understanding of political judgment, the conditions of democratic politics, or positive trans-cultural relations? More fundamentally, what should we understand by ‘wonder’, and what roles can it be expected to play in the context of the political?

The workshop will consist of a series of papers addressing these issues, from scholars working in political thought, environmental ethics, philosophy of biology, and related areas. Participants from all disciplines are very welcome. Registration is free, but space is limited – please contact Jack Griffiths ( to register, or for more information.


Confirmed speakers

Prof. Jeremy Bendik-Keymer (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA)

Prof. Amy Linch (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Dr. Urszula Lisowska (University of Wrocław, Poland)

Prof. Christopher Gill (University of Exeter, UK)

Dr. Jack Griffiths (University of Exeter, UK)



Thursday 12th September: 14:00-18:30. Followed by drinks and dinner. There will also be a concluding session on Friday morning (10:00-12:00) for the speakers and any interested participants.

Location: Byrne House, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter.

Map available here:


Workshop sponsored by

The Centre for Political Thought:

Egenis: The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences:


CFP: ISEE Sessions at the 2020 Central Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

Call for Papers



2020 Central Meeting of the American Philosophical Association

Submissions are invited for the International Society for Environmental Ethics Group Sessions at the 2020 Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL (February 26-29, 2020).

Research in any area of philosophy related to or concerning environmental issues is welcomed, but special consideration will be given to work in the areas of climate change & climate justice, energy & energy justice, and mass extinction.

ISEE is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we welcome submissions from all, including scholars of color, LGTBQ scholars, indigenous scholars, and other scholars from communities underrepresented in the profession.

We invite submissions for individual papers (presentations of approximately 20 minutes) as well as themed sessions (topical discussions, panels, author-meets-critics, etc…)

Submission Procedure:

  • Please submit materials by the end of the day on August 30th, 2019.
  • For individual papers: please provide a 300-word abstract.
  • For themed sessions: please submit 1) the proposed session title, 2) a brief description (approximately 500 words) of the session including the names of all participants, and 3) titles for all papers. Individual paper abstracts are strongly encouraged, and all participants should be confirmed as willing to attend if the session goes forward.
  • Materials should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format to: Megs Gendreau (ISEE Treasurer) at
  • Please include “ISEE/APA” in the subject line of your email and feel free to contact Megs if you have further questions or concerns.

CFP: 4th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy

4th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Environmental Philosophy/ Société Canadienne de Philosophie Environnementale (in conjunction with the 56th annual meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophical Association) October 25th-27, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta

CSEP/SCPE Keynote:

Paul B. Thompson

W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food & Community Ethics

Michigan State University

WCPA Keynote:

Andrew Light

University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences

George Mason University


Submissions of papers from all areas of environmental philosophy are welcome. Papers should be no more than 4,000 words (excluding notes), presentable in 25-30 minutes to allow for commentary and discussion, and prepared for anonymous review. The submission deadline is extended to JULY 15 2019.

Please submit papers in electronic form (PDF) and a brief abstract (no more than 150 words) via EasyChair:

Proposals for panels or symposia are also welcome. Please submit the proposed title of the symposium as well as a collection of abstracts in electronic form (PDF), and a brief abstract (no more than 150 words) indicating that you are proposing a panel/symposium via EasyChair (in the same way as you would submit a paper). Symposia are allotted 2 hours.

Colloquium papers and panels/symposia on environmental topics may be submitted for presentation either on the WCPA main program or the program of the CSEP/SCPE, but will automatically be considered for presentation on both programs. Please indicate if you are submitting with the CSEP/SPCE in mind at the top of your abstract.The CSEP/CSPE will be awarding a Student Essay Prize, so if you are eligible, please indicate this.

For more information about the conference site at the University of Lethbridge, visit:

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





As a member of ISEE, you may be glad to discover that a new succinct, illustrated and inexpensive book has been published by Oxford University Press, entitled ‘Environmental Ethics: A Very Short Introduction’. The sterling price of this book (published in December 2018) is £7.99. Here are some of the comments on this book, in the form of pre-publication endorsements.

“Attfield’s new book confirms him as one of the most eloquent voices in present-day environmental ethics. It combines philosophical depth with extreme readability and makes a suggestive case for an ethics that pays tribute to the value of non-human nature.”
– Dieter Birnbacher, University of Duesseldorf


And here is another:

“Attfield can write a very concise introduction to environmental ethics with all the precision already shown in his dozen full-length works.”

 – Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University .


While books of around 35,000 words, the ceiling imposed on works in this series, cannot be fully comprehensive, this one introduces the reader to a wide range of central themes. Here is a list of chapter headings: 1. Origins; 2. Some Key Concepts; 3. Future Generations; 4. Principles for Right Action; 5. Sustainability and Preservation; 6. Social and Political Movements; 7. Environmental Ethics and Religion; 8. The Ethics of Climate Change.


In one of the earliest reviews, Kees Vromans (Netherlands) describes this book as ‘Magnificent’. Here is a passage from a longer review, written by Nicole Souter in ‘The Philosopher’: ‘In addition to summarizing key insights of various thinkers that are essential to understanding modern discourses on the subject, Attfield formulates clear and persuasive arguments of his own. This, coupled with his engaging style of writing, ensures that Environmental Ethics is nigh on certain to spark the interest of a philosophically-inclined mind.’ And here is her concluding sentence: ‘ Environmental Ethics offers an entertaining, concise, and genuinely enlightening means to commence one’s engagement with the subject.’

This book includes six illustrations. One shows the under-water cabinet meeting of the Maldives government held in 2009 to illustrate the risk to that country of complete inundation through the impacts of global warming and climate change. Issues of biodiversity loss are also highlighted and included in the illustrations.

While many instructors may wish to use this book as introductory or background reading, it could also be considered as a textbook.  Paul Harris tells me that he plans to try it out in this role for his students in Hong Kong. Meanwhile two academics at Madrid were sufficiently impressed as to volunteer to translate it into Spanish; efforts are under way to find them a publisher, and also (on the part of Oxford U.P.) to make arrangements for a translation into Chinese. Could you too consider using this new work in your own teaching?


Robin Attfield, 4May, 2019