ISEE Mentoring Initiative, Update on 50th Earth Day 2020 (April 22)


The new ISEE Mentoring Initiative is moving forward, and this year we’ve focused on supporting environmental philosophy teaching.  We are in the process of updating teaching resources on the ISEE website with new syllabi, assignments, and activities (thanks to all who contributed!), and the updated site is expected to go live by early May.  We also organized a workshop on engaged and inclusive pedagogies in environmental philosophy for the 2020 Pacific APA (cancelled due to the pandemic), which we hope to reschedule either in-person or virtually during the 2020-21 academic year.

Simona Capisani (UC-Irvine) is directing the Mentoring Initiative along with ISEE Vice President Marion Hourdequin, and we have a wonderful group of participants who are helping contribute to and shape our projects going forward.  ISEE members who would like to get involved are encouraged to email Marion Hourdequin ( and to keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming virtual mentoring committee meetings on the ISEE listserv.  We expect to hold our next meeting in May or June.  Stay tuned!

Teaching Environmental Philosophy: Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogies


Simona Capisani, University of California-Irvine and Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

This workshop aims to provide both new and experienced faculty the opportunity to explore engaged and inclusive teaching approaches and pedagogies in environmental philosophy.  The workshop will provide resources for teaching stand-alone classes focused on environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, and environmental justice, as well as ideas for integrating environmental dimensions into existing courses such as political philosophy, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and epistemology.  In the first hour of the workshop, panelists will share ideas for inclusive teaching, community-engaged learning, and student-centered pedagogies in environmental philosophy, followed by a moderated discussion/Q&A.  The second hour of the workshop will give participants the opportunity to discuss course syllabi and share ideas for environmental philosophy teaching in multiple contexts, including environmental ethics and environmental justice courses, as well as environmentally-related units in other philosophy classes.  Participants are encouraged to bring complete or draft syllabi to share, and to contribute ideas as part of a collaborative conversation.

The following speakers are confirmed as panelists:


Chris Cuomo, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia


Rebeka Fereirra, Tenured Instructor, Green River College


Benjamin Hole, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pacific University


Clair Morrissey, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Occidental College


2020 ISEE at the Pacific Division Meeting of the APA

San Francisco, CA April 8-11 Canceled due to COVID-19 

Session 1:                                                                                                                                  Teaching Environmental Philosophy: Engaged and Inclusive Pedagogies 

Chairs:                                                                                                                                          Simona Capisani (University of California, Irvine) and Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College)

Panelists: Chris Cuomo (University of Georgia) Rebeka Ferreira (Green River College) Benjamin Hole (Pacific University) Clair Morrissey (Occidental College)

Session 2:                                                                                                                        Environmental Ethics: Ethics for a Changing World 

Chair:                                                                                                                                        Alexander Lee (Alaska Pacific University)


  • Arthur Obst (University of Washington) – “Demandingness from Despair”
  • Daniel Callies (University of California, San Diego) and Yasha Rohwer (Oregon Institute of Technology) – “Intentionally Eradicating a Species: Examining the Case against and the Value of Anopheles Gambiae”
  • Blake Francis (University of Maryland Baltimore County) – “Middle Emissions: Climate Ethics and the Global Middle Class”

2020 ISEE at the Central Division Meeting of the APA

Friday, February 28                                                                                                                Climate Justice

  • William Littlefield (Case Western University) – “Utility Gains in Climate Justice”
  • Marcus Hedahl (US Naval Academy) -“Climate Justice & Moral Psychology: Surprising Stoic Solutions”
  • Rachel Fredericks (Ball State University) – “CLIMATE LEGACY: A New(ish) Concept for the Climate Crisis”


Saturday, February 29                                                                                                Understanding Community

Chair: Justin Dunhauser

  • Connor Kianpour (Georgia State University) – “Dolphin Ownerhood: Nonhuman Persons and Habitative Noninterference”
  • Sade Hormio (UC Berkeley) – “Climate Change and Responsibility as Members of Collective Agents”
  • Justin Dunhauswer (Bowling Green State University) – “Robot Pollinator Ethics”
  • Zachary Vereb (University of South Florida) – “A Kantian Perspective on Climate Ethics: History and Global Community”

2020 ISEE at the Eastern Division Meeting of the APA

Workshop on Sustainability in Philosophy

Friday, January 10, 2020, 9-11 am

This session will open with a special announcement of this year’s finalists and winner of ISEE’s Andrew Light Award in Public Philosophy.  Professor Light will present the award.

Following the award presentation, the workshop will be led by co-founders of Philosophers for Sustainability (PfS), Eugene Chislenko of Temple University and Rebecca Millsop of University of Rhode Island.  Professors Millsop and Chislenko will describe several recent initiatives of Philosophers for Sustainability and lead a discussion of effective ways to integrate sustainability into teaching, research, and service.

The workshop will include discussion of a proposed set of Guidelines for Sustainable Practices in Philosophy, developed by PfS and under consideration by the APA for inclusion in its Good Practices Guide.


Environmental Ethics in Social Context: Robots, Gene Drives, and Water Management

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 11:15 am-1:15 pm

Chair: Marion Hourdequin


  • Justin Donhauser (Bowling Green University) – “Environmental Robot Virtues?”
  • Zahra Meghani (University of Rhode Island) – “An Approach for Evaluating Arguments for the Environmental Release of Genetically Engineered Animals with Gene Drives”
  • Gehad Abdelal (University of Georgia) – “Water Ethics: The Problem of Uncertainty and Colonial Implication on the Nile River Conflict”