Philosophers Call for more Scientific Research on “Civilization Collapse”
“Civilization collapse the loss of societal capacity to maintain essential governance functions, especially maintaining security, the rule of law, and the provision of basic necessities such as food and water. Civilization collapses in this sense could be associated with civil strife, violence, and widespread scarcity, and thus have extremely adverse effects on hum..
Philosophers Create “Pledge to Organize Online-Accessible Philosophy Events” Campaign
The Philosophers for Sustainability group has launched a campaign to get philosophers to pledge to “wherever possible to organize online-accessible research meetings.” (more…)
APA Responds to Campaign to Move Some of Its Meetings Online
Members of the leadership of the American Philosophical Association (APA) have responded to the “2+1” campaign by the Philosophers for Sustainability to move at least one of the APA’s three divisional meetings permanently online. (more…)
Campaign to Permanently Move Some APA Meetings Online
Philosophers for Sustainability, an international group of over 200 philosophers “that aims to encourage our profession to take leadership on climate change and environmental sustainability,” has launched a campaign to urge the American Philosophical Association (APA) to move one or two of its annual divisional meetings entirely online. (more…)
Philosophers Cited in IPCC Report
The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body for assessing science related to climate change, earlier this week released the report of its Working Group I, which is the first installment of its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), to be completed in 2022. (more…)
Planning an Environmentally Friendly In-Person Conference (guest post)
After over a year of COVID-caused mass experience with online academic conferencing, there has been a lot of discussion about whether, for environmental reasons, online conferences should become the new default in philosophy. (more…)
New: Online Encyclopedia Philosophy of Nature
A new peer-reviewed open-access philosophy resource aims to “provide high-quality information on, and explanations of, natural-philosophical terms and subject areas and to make these freely accessible… in German and English.” (more…)
Philosopher Named to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Kyle Whyte, the George Willis Pack Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, has been named to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. (more…)
Examining the Future of Academic Events (guest post)
Following up on yesterday’s piece regarding online conferences, Heather Douglas, professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, in this guest post,* asks us to consider: “When is it worth it (in terms of financial and environmental cost) to gather together in person?” (more…)
Online Conferences: The New Default (guest post)
In the following guest post,* a group of scholars make the case that the online conferences, the recent prevalence of which has been spurred by pandemic precautions, should be “the new default.” (more…)
Philosophy Professor Resigns Over University’s Investments in Fossil Fuels Companies
Gregory Mikkelson, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Environment at McGill University, has resigned because of the university’s refusal to end its investments in fossil fuels companies. (more…)
Videoconferencing for Climate Practice (guest post by Colin Marshall and Sinan Dogramaci)
The following is a guest post* discussing the practice of making videoconferencing a regular component of academic conferences and the like, for the sake of the environment, by Colin Marshall (UW Seattle) and Sinan Dogramaci (UT Austin). (more…)
Flying Less, Videoconferencing More (guest post by Colin Marshall)
“Philosophers for Future” – Focusing Philosophical Work on Climate Change
There is now a call for philosophers to join with others who have been protesting the lack of action on climate change.
New Group: Philosophers for Sustainability
Philosophers for Sustainability is a new group of philosophy faculty and graduate students interested in working toward environmental sustainability and combating climate change in practice, especially within academia. (more…)
Beliefs About Genetic & Environmental Determinism By Discipline
Evolutionary Studies in Imaginative Culture, a new journal, has published the results of a survey of academics, sorted by discipline, regarding their views about genetic and environmental determinism and the explanatory power of science. (more…)
New Public Philosophy Award from Environmental Ethics Group
The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) has given its inaugural Public Philosophy Award to Andrew Light, professor of philosophy, public policy, and atmospheric sciences at George Mason University, as well as director of the school’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. (more…)
Philosophers On Climate Change
The 21st Conference of the Parties (“COP 21”), a major international climate negotiation involving representatives of nearly every country in the world, and organized through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, is currently taking place in Paris.
One of the central goals of this year’s conference is “to achieve a legally binding and univers..
Canadian Radio Interviews Philosopher of Science
Kevin Elliott, a philosopher of science in the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University (and before that a colleague of mine at South Carolina), is interviewed on the CBC radio program “Information Morning Fredericton”. The program begins with an excerpt from an interview with a representative of the forestry industry; the segment with Elliott begins at the..