CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE at 2018 Eastern APA

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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, 2017. Continue reading

CALL FOR PAPERS – ISEE at APA Pacific

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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, at the Westin Seattle.

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ISEE announces 2015 winners of the Holmes Rolston III Early Career Prize

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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 the University of Copenhagen. Continue reading

ISEE Membership 2015

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The membership year for the International Society for Environmental Ethics begins on Earth Day, April 22.

Please consider becoming a member of the Society. You can do so here: https://enviroethics.org/membership-dues/

Membership dues fund ISEE activities including our annual summer conference, to be held this year in Kiel Germany: http://www.isee2015.uni-kiel.de

Additionally, membership dues fund annual group sessions at all three American Philosophical Association meetings, provides travel stipends to any member who presents a paper on environmental ethics on the main program at any APA, enables the Holmes Rolston III Early Career Essay Prize, our website, our newsletter, and other activities.

Do you have ideas about how the Society could benefit the membership and advance environmental ethics?
Please register as a member and then let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

We have recently received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status so your support, including donations, are tax deductible. And, finally, all members will be invited to vote in the upcoming elections for ISEE Officers, including the Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer.

Thank you for considering membership in the ISEE. Please let me know if you have any questions about membership or the Society.

Best wishes,
Allen

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:  https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wcpa2019conference

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: http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/philosophy/western-canadian-philosophical-association-wcpa-conference

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.

 

PROGRAM:

July 10                                                                                           

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

5:30 – 6:15 pm     Dinner

6:30 – 8:00 pm  Session I – ADAPTING ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

  • 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

 

 

 

NEW BOOK: ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION

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
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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

 

 

VAP: Department of Philosophy, Colgate University

The Philosophy Department at Colgate University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position, beginning fall semester 2019. AOS: Open. AOC: Environmental Ethics. Teaching load for the position is five courses per year. Completion of the Ph.D. in philosophy is expected prior to or shortly after the date of hire.

Note that all applications for this position will also be considered for our department’s other visiting professor search, and vice versa; candidates need only submit one application.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least three reference letters, a writing sample, a research statement, and a teaching statement through https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13226. Colgate strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities. Candidates should describe in their application how their approach to teaching, scholarship, or service might support such an inclusive educational environment.

Complete applications received before February 25, 2019 will receive full consideration. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for Skype interviews in March. Finalists will be invited for on-campus interviews in late March and early April 2019.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other category covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Web address to apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13226

Deadline for full consideration: February 25, 2019, 11:00pm EST

Contact name: Jason Kawall

Contact email: jkawallcolgate.edu

Contact phone: 315-824-7691

 

VAP: Colorado College

Posting Number: 233
Job Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Is this a tenure track position? No
Position Status: Full-time 1 year
Position Summary: The Philosophy Department at Colorado College invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position for the 2019-20 academic year. We seek candidates with expertise in environmental ethics, and with the capacity to teach additional courses described below. Our department is a pluralistic and welcoming one, and we are especially interested in candidates who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to our curriculum.

Colorado College actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment in which students and employees of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives can learn and work. Applicants should describe the ways in which they can contribute to this goal in their cover letter.

Applicants should be committed to high quality, innovative undergraduate teaching. Colorado College uses the Block Plan, an intensive teaching schedule in which professors teach and students take only one course at a time for 3.5 weeks. The standard load for visiting faculty is six courses during the 8-block academic year. Regular classes are limited to 25 students; writing-intensive classes are limited to 12.

Expected courses for the position include two sections of Environmental Ethics (one per semester), plus some combination of the following (with the possibility of teaching one of these twice): Ethics, Philosophical Argument & Writing, Formal Logic, a course that fulfills the Diversity in Philosophy requirement for the philosophy major (with particular interest in indigenous philosophies and feminist philosophies), and Bioethics or Applied Ethics. An advanced course in the candidate’s area of specialization is also possible.

Visiting faculty are eligible for travel support to an academic conference and can apply for additional research funds during the academic year. Appointment will be at the assistant professor level for candidates holding a PhD; candidates who have not yet completed their doctoral degree are appointed as visiting instructors. A PhD or doctoral candidate (ABD) status is a requirement for employment.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the search will remain open until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit materials by February 4, 2019.

Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.

Preferred Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications: A PhD or doctoral candidate (ABD) status is a requirement for employment.
Job Open Date: 01/24/2019
Application Deadline (at 11:59 PM Mountain Time):
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications should should include: 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching statement (to include a discussion of qualifications to teach the requested courses), and 4) a research statement.

All applicants will need to list three references to submit a letter of recommendation. The application site will send emails to references with instructions for electronic submission.

CFP: ISEE 16th Annual Summer Meeting

International Society for Environmental Ethics

16th Annual Summer Meeting

Call for Papers on themes concerning

Rapid, Anthropogenic, and Global Ecological Change

July 10-13, 2019

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon

 

The 16th annual summer meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics will convene from July 10 thru July 13, 2019, at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Research Station, nestled in the Cascade Mountains east of Eugene, Oregon.

This call for papers solicits 500-word proposals for presentations on any topic in environmental philosophy. However, special attention will be given to proposals for talks concerning issues connected with rapid anthropogenic ecological change. 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.

Possible subjects include the exploration of questions concerning the political and cultural conditions under which various anthropogenic drivers of global environmental change have arisen, how we should think about appropriate transformations and adaptations to already forgone and still likely greater climate and other environmental changes, the moral fabric of our relations with past and future human generations, and how to comprehend the moral dimensions of a sixth mass species extinction event. Possible topics include geoengineering, novel ecosystems, biodiversity loss, the role of humanistic representations of our place in the Anthropocene (e.g. through art, history, and narrative forms), de-growth and post-capitalist economies, justice, sustainability, human population growth, and culturally diverse worldviews.

Proposals prepared for blind review should be submitted via email to Allen Thompson, <allen.thompson@oregonstate.edu> no later than March 1st, 2019. Decisions will be announced by April 1st.