In light of the new realities of online education as we face COVID-19, we would like to share a useful tool for remotely delivering environmental ethics education – The Aldo Leopold Foundation has compiled a series of free digital learning resources for teaching about the Land Ethic that can be found here.
The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) is seeking proposals to host its Eighteenth Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy in summer of 2021.
For many years, annual summer meetings of the ISEE convened in Allenspark, CO, while most recently we have met at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, OR. Others have made successful proposals to host the ISEE conference internationally (including Nijmegen, the Netherlands, East Anglia, England, and Kiel, Germany) and nationally (New York, NY).
We welcome all proposals.
Information about the Society, including past conferences, can be found on our webpage: enviroethics.org
Deadline for proposals: July 1, 2020
Proposals should include the following information, complied in a single PDF:
- Host name and proposed dates of the meeting
- Information about the location and venue
- Information about accommodations, meals, and transportation, etc.
- A short “case for support” for the proposal, including ideas for themes/sessions/keynote speaker, and so forth. The case for support should also provide evidence of institutional support, if possible.
Questions and submissions (as a single PDF) should be sent to ISEE President, Allen Thompson at <email@example.com>
Special Issue of Environmental Ethics
Settler colonialism intersects with environmental issues, e.g. land use, water management, traditional ecological knowledge, ethics of place, environmental justice… This connection is, however, sorely under-discussed in environmental philosophy. This special issue intends to breach this divide.
Papers can treat any topic in settler colonialism that connects with environmental philosophy broadly construed.
Proposals are invited in English but translation options for parallel publication in other languages can be discussed
Proposals from voices in academically under-represented groups are especially invited
Non-academically-traditional approaches are also welcomed
Deadline: 5pm, March 2 2020 Central Time (CT, i.e. Dallas, TX) A detailed abstract (~500-700 words) should be submitted
to Jeff Gessas at William.Gessas@unt.edu
Authors will be notified by March 31, 2020 Full submission: June 30, 2020
Queries can be directed to Jeff Gessas at:
The department of philosophy at the University of Twente is looking for an
Assistant Professor in ethics or political philosophy
focusing on emerging technology and its role in society (e.g., biomedical, environmental, digital)
Two-year appointment with prospects for a permanent position The Challenge
For the research part of your appointment, you will develop your own research line. This will initially be developed within Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies, a new ten- year long international research programme of seven academic institutions in the Netherlands that will run from January 2020 to December 2029. This programme has the aim of achieving breakthrough research in at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, technology / engineering and social sciences, and to position its consortium at the top of its field internationally. It has a combined budget of € 27 million ! It includes four research lines, “Nature, life and human intervention”, “The future of a free and fair society”, “The human condition” and “Synthesis: Ethics of Technology, Practical Philosophy, and Modern Technology Driven Societies”. Please note that we will be advertising other positions in this programme and that you can apply for several at once.
Your research will further be embedded in the research programme of the University of Twente as well as in the four-university 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology (www.ethicsandtechnology.eu). We expect candidates to apply for external funding and to engage in international and interdisciplinary collaboration.
You teach courses within your specialization area in the master programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (PSTS). You also teach introductory courses in different areas of philosophy, for bachelor and master programs in engineering and social science. You will be involved in the supervision of master’s theses in the PSTS programme and will supervise PhD students.
The division of tasks is 40% research – 50% teaching – 10% management and administration. Research time can be increased through grant acquisition !
You will be appointed for two years with a prospect for a permanent position upon good performance. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
• Starting salary between € 3.637 to € 5.656 gross per month based on your experience;
- An additional holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
- A solid pension scheme;
- Possibilities to save up holidays for sabbatical leave;
- Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
- Professional and personal development programs;
- A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.
Candidates we seek
- show vision and entrepreneurial drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition);
- hold a Ph.D. in philosophy, preferably with a specialization in ethics or political philosophy. We also welcome dual areas of specialization, e.g., ethics and another area, such as philosophical anthropology, epistemology, or philosophy of language;
- have experience in research, which is apparent from publications in highly ranked academic journals, presentations at international scientific conferences, and other academic activities;
- possess good communication skills and an excellent command of English, at least at C2 level;
- have teaching experience (both lecturing and tutoring) at an internationally accredited university preferably including students in science & engineering, social science, or other nonphilosophical fields, and preferably including professional and/or applied ethics
- possess a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) certificate, or be willing to obtain this, and have a real passion for, and the ambition to become a creative and effective teacher;
- are active in, or are willing to build up, networks for obtaining research funding, and have ambition to work closely with companies and government agencies.
Information and application
For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Philip Brey, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: +31534894426 or prof. dr. ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek, email: email@example.com or phone +31534894460. For a copy of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies research programme, please make a request to Seeta Autar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your application should include a CV (which should include the title of your dissertation and a short description of its contents), a letter of application (including a summary of your teaching evaluations), a writing sample, and contact information for 2 or more references and should be sent no later than February 13th, 2020. Applications should be uploaded through https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/!/644951/assistant-professor-in- ethics-or-political-philosophy (link at bottom of page). Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.
About the department of philosophy
The philosophy department (https://www.utwente.nl/en/bms/wijsb/) has over 30 members (faculty, postdocs, PhD candidates). It is a thoroughly international department, with English as the main language. It specializes in its research in the philosophical and ethical study of technology and its impact on people, society, and the environment.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our university. We are committed to enhancing and sustaining diversity in the composition of our staff. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) is pleased to announce publicly the winner and finalists for the Andrew Light Award for Public Philosophy. ISEE established the award to promote work in public philosophy and honor contributions to the field by Dr. Andrew Light, who was recognized for his distinctive work in public environmental philosophy at ISEE’s 2017 annual summer meeting.
With this award, ISEE strives to recognize public philosophers working in environmental ethics and philosophy, broadly construed, and who bring unique insights or methods that broaden the reach, interaction, and engagement of philosophy with the wider public. This may be exemplified in published work or engagement in environmental issues of public importance.
This year’s honorees have made important contributions and provide distinctive examples of the work in public environmental philosophy that is happening today.
This year’s winner is Professor Paul Thompson of Michigan State University. Professor Thompson’s work in public philosophy spans multiple decades, and he has made distinctive contributions to agricultural and environmental ethics over the course of his career. He began working collaboratively with farmers in the 1980s to develop industry reforms that benefited both animals and the environment. Throughout his career, Professor Thompson’s research has informed and been informed by cross-disciplinary collaborations and community engagement. He is the author of numerous books, including books aimed for broad audiences, such as From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). Professor Thompson has served on National Resource Council committees and with the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for Engineering Ethics and Society, and he’s played a key role in developing ethical food standards such as American Humane Certified. In addition, he has helped to build the field of public philosophy and has mentored others developing careers in this field. As two of his colleagues wrote in their nomination letter, “Many environmental philosophers have come to value public engagement by observing how Paul Thompson incorporated insights from his public work into his more traditionally philosophical articles and books, and we have come to better understand how to become publicly engaged ourselves through his mentoring. Paul, we believe, is an exemplary public environmental philosopher who has made significant contributions at various levels and with various groups, from policymakers, researchers and academic colleagues, to farmers, consumers and environmentalists.”
This year’s finalists are Associate Professor Adam Briggle of University of North Texas, Professor Christopher Preston of University of Montana, and Dr. Gwynne Taraska, Climate Program Director at Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C.
Adam Briggle, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at University of North Texas, describes himself as a “field philosopher.” In his book, A Field Philosopher’s Guide to Fracking, he argues that “the role of a field philosopher is to excavate and examine the ethical, aesthetic, and even metaphysical presumptions that are inevitably packed into the black box of expert discourse and political messaging.” Briggle has centered his career around publicly engaged philosophy. In addition to his academic writing, he has published work in Slate, Salon, and The New York Times, and he is highly active in his community. His work as founder and President of the Denton Drilling Advisory Group led to a successful campaign to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton, Texas. Professor Briggle also serves on the Governing Board for the Public Philosophy Network, and is a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council.
Christopher Preston, Professor of Philosophy at University of Montana made a distinctive contribution to public philosophy with his recently published a book, The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018). The book, which won a 2019 Nautilus award, aims to spark discussion about the technologies that are reshaping human relations with the broader world. Preston also runs a related blog – The Plastocene – that aims to generate broader public dialogue about “the big decisions about how to approach a world that has already been impacted so greatly,” because “[d]ecisions about the world we want to create belong to everyone.” Professor Preston’s public philosophical work has included writing for the BBC, Aeon, The Conversation, and the Center for Humans and Nature, and he has been featured in interviews for numerous news sources, including the BBC, LA Times, and The Guardian.
Gwynne Taraska earned her PhD in philosophy at University of Washington, and shortly thereafter, began to apply her philosophical acumen in the policy arena. She is currently Climate Program Director at Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C. Dr. Taraska previously served as Director of Policy and Research at Climate Advisers, and as Director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress. She has worked on a wide range of issues, including climate diplomacy, international climate finance, international ocean diplomacy, the Paris Agreement, and climate loss and damage. Her work and expertise have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, The Hill, Vox, and Energy & Environment. As one colleague noted: “Gwynne clearly represents the kind of pioneer that we need in public philosophy: someone who has used core philosophical skills to break new ground in the policy community.”