From the perspective of having co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics and becoming the President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, Allen Thompson will discuss changes in the field, once a small and focused area of applied ethics, now engaging with issues central to the humanities and social sciences, even appearing in global climate governance discussions on a world stage. He will tour though several key issues and ideas discussed by some of the field’s lead practitioners today. This will set the stage for an open discussion about the role of environmental ethics in our growing awareness as we stand on the cusp of a new planetary epoch with deep uncertainties about the future of life on Earth.
This event sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.
About the Speaker:
Allen Thompson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. His research concerns broadening our conception of environmental virtue and moral responsibility as a part of adapting to the Anthropocene. He is presently writing a book on the ethics of novel ecosystems (Routledge, forthcoming) and working on essays about the plight of future generations after our moral failure and about what’s left for hope beyond unfolding environmental catastrophes. Thompson serves as President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics and worked co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (OUP 2017) and Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (MIT 2012).
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