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



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 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:

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

Contact name: Jason Kawall

Contact email:

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, <> no later than March 1st, 2019. Decisions will be announced by April 1st.

CFP:The Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Transportation 

Essays in Philosophy
Volume 21, Number 2
Issue Date: July 2019
Submission Deadline: March 31 , 2019
General Editor: Ramona Ilea (Pacific University)
Issue Editor: Shane Epting (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Essays in Philosophyis accepting submissions for a special issue called The Philosophical Dimensions of Urban Transportation. 


Geographers, urban planners, and interdisciplinary scholars have made numerous contributions toward understanding urban transportation. Until recently, philosophers have largely neglected the topic, but now transportation is an expanding area of research, most notably in the emerging subfield known as philosophy of the city. This special issue aims to increase philosophical contributions to its study. While we want submissions that are philosophically enlightening, we also encourage papers that are accessible to audiences outside of philosophy. Submissions grounded in all philosophical theories and traditions are welcome.


Although we welcome any submission that fits the description above, some suitable topics include:


Transportation as a Human Right

Disability and Transportation

Bodies in Motion

Race and Public Transportation

Community Building

Feminist Philosophy and Transportation Planning

The Interplay between Housing and Transportation

Age/Ageism and Public Transportation

Pedestrians and or Bicyclists

Aesthetics and Urban Mobility

Car-free Cities?

Transportation Policy

Nonhuman Others and Transportation

Democracy and Transportation

Transportation and Climate Change


Please follow the journal’s guidelines for submissions.

U. Wyoming: Assistant Professor – Environment & Society


The University of Wyoming (UW) invites applications for Assistant Professor in the Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) focusing on the cultural and social dimensions of environment and natural resources issues. We seek an accomplished and creative individual to provide teaching, research/creative activity, and service consistent with the educational mission of the University of Wyoming. This position will serve students across multiple academic programs, including BS degrees in Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Systems Science, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management; a JD/MA in ENR, and a graduate major in ENR.

The position is broadly conceived as focusing on environment/society, nature/culture relations. Candidates with backgrounds in environmental studies, social-ecological systems, environmental ethics, environmental justice, sustainability studies, environmental humanities and other relevant fields are invited to apply.

This position is a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment. The Assistant Professor will teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses; perform research, scholarship and/or creative activity in related fields; and serve the University, State of Wyoming, and the· candidate’s broader field(s). We seek colleagues who can demonstrate 1) excellence in interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, 2) outstanding communication skills, and 3) capacity to advance the Haub School’s reputation and vision. We are interested in candidates whose pedagogical and scholarly/creative work engages with themes including community-engaged practices, public-facing humanities, and/or nodes within nature-culture networks. We welcome candidates whose work engages with historically underrepresented communities.

We seek candidates who can demonstrate evidence of innovative, engaged pedagogy; inter- or trans-disciplinary excellence; and clear commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Provide teaching, research/creative activity, and service consistent with the educational mission of the University of Wyoming. This position will serve students across multiple academic programs, including BS degrees in Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Systems Science, and Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management; a JD/MA in ENR, and a graduate major in ENR. 

Teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses; perform research, scholarship and/or creative activity in related fields; and serve the University, State of Wyoming, and the candidate’s broader field(s).


Assistant professors shall normally hold the terminal qualification in their discipline (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA, etc.), and shall have demonstrated ability, through appropriate experience, to perform the functions of the position they are to hold.


  • Terminal degree in relevant field;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level;
  • Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary pedagogy or scholarship;
  • Demonstrated experience in and capacity to develop a robust program of research, scholarship and/or creative activity


  • Experience delivering undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental studies-relevant fields;
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams or projects and production of interdisciplinary products;
  • Experience in pedagogies that develop skills in written/oral/digital communication, teamwork, and critical and creative thinking;
  • Experience in place-based and/or field experience pedagogies.


Complete the online application and upload the following as PDF files for a complete application: 

1) A letter of interest that includes:

  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Description of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Narrative description of the candidate’s research and scholarship trajectory, or a portfolio of creative activity.

2) A detailed CV, and
3) Contact information for four references (to be contacted only for finalists)

Address applications to the search chair, Dr. Doug Wachob, Academic Programs Director.  Nominations and expressions of interest will be held in confidence until on-campus interviews are conducted.  Application process questions can be addressed to Kim Messersmith at

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email