Gary Varner, professor emeritus of philosophy at Texas A&M University, has died.
Professor Varner was known for his work on environmental and animal ethics, as well as of R. M. Hare’s two-level utilitarianism. His research includes numerous articles and three books: Defending Biodiversity: Environmental Science and Ethics with Jonathan Newman and Stefan Linquist (Cambridge, 2017); Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in the Two-Level Utilitarianism of R.M. Hare (Oxford, 2012); and In Nature’s Interests? Interests, Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics (Oxford, 1998). You can learn more about his work here.
Professor Varner joined the philosophy faculty at Texas A&M in 1990, and held visiting positions at Iowa State and Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, his MA from the University of Georgia, and his BA from Arizona State University.
He died on June 28th, 2023, after having suffered with cancer. A colleague writes, “In accordance with his wishes, while no funeral or formal memorial service will be held, an informal celebration of Dr. Varner’s life is tentatively planned for the Fall. If you would like to attend this event, please let Clare Palmer ([email protected]) know.”