Environmental Philosophy & Ethics

MSU Philosophy Department


We are a community of graduate students and faculty in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University (MSU) who are engaged in research, teaching and outreach in environmental philosophy and ethics. Our work covers topics such as agricultural ethics, environmental justice, values in environmental sciences, food sovereignty, ecofeminism, environmental education, animal ethics, ecological restoration, climate justice, epistemic integration in environmental sciences, sustainability ethics and environmental pragmatism. Much of this work is in active dialogue with environmental and agricultural sciences and other humanities disciplines on campus, nationally and internationally. Faculty actively contribute to institutions such as the National Academy of Sciences, National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council, Department of Interior Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science, National Research Council Advisory Committee on Biotechnology, the Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council, the Northwest Climate Science Center and the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. Graduate student and faculty work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Shalom Center for Justice and Peace, Spencer Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Sloan Foundation, Kellogg Biological Station, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program. This community offers the opportunity for advanced study, research and engagement in environmental philosophy and ethics at the doctoral level, for students enrolled both in the Department of Philosophy and other doctoral programs at MSU.

[updated: 9/23/2023]