College Station, Texas, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Applied Ethics
Areas of Interest
Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
  • Fox hunting, power and ethics
    with Francis O'Gorman
    In Andrew Light & Avner de Shalit (eds.), Reasoning in Environmental Practice, Mit Press. pp. 281-294. 2004.
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    Place-Historical Narratives: Road—or Roadblock—to Sustainability?
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 14 (3). 2011.
    Ethics, Policy & Environment, Volume 14, Issue 3, Page 345-359, October 2011.
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    Que vient faire un article sur Foucault, le pouvoir et les relations entre l’homme et l’animal, dans une revue consacrée à des problématiques environnementales, a fortiori lorsque, en fait d’animaux, il est surtout question, comme on le verra, d’animaux domestiques? Une telle étude n’est-elle pas insuffisamment « environnementale »? Sans doute l’est-elle si, par « environnement », l’on entend quelque...
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    Technology assessment and the 'ethical matrix'
    Poiesis and Praxis 1 (4): 295-307. 2003.
    This paper explores the usefulness of the 'ethical matrix', proposed by Ben Mepham, as a tool in technology assessment, specifically in food ethics. We consider what the matrix is, how it might be useful as a tool in ethical decision-making, and what drawbacks might be associated with it. We suggest that it is helpful for fact-finding in ethical debates relating to food ethics; but that it is much less helpful in terms of weighing the different ethical problems that it uncovers. Despite this dra…Read more
  • Linking ecology and ethics for a changing world (edited book)
    with Ricardo Rozzi, Steward Pickett, Juan Armesto, and J. Baird Callicott
    Springer. 2014.
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    Landscape and Value in the work of Alfred Wainwright
    Landscape Research 32 (4): 397-421. 2007.
    Alfred Wainwright was arguably the best known British guidebook writer of the20th century, and his work has been highly influential in promoting and directing fell-walking in northern Britain, in particular in the English Lake District. His work has, however, received little critical attention. This paper represents an initial attempt to undertake such a study. We examine Wainwright’s work through the lens of the landscape values and aesthetics that, we suggest,underpins it, and by an exploration…Read more
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    Constructions of the animal and animality are often pivotal to religious discourses. Such constructions create the possibility of identifying and valuing what is "human" as opposed to the "animal" and also of distinguishing human beliefs and behaviors that can be characterized as being animal from those that are "truly human." Some discourses also employ the concept of savagery as a bridge between the human and the animal, where the form of humanity but not its ideal beliefs and practices can be…Read more
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    This paper explores the relationships between Christianity, Englishness, and ideas about the southern English landscape in the writings of the 1930s and 1940s rural commentator, H.J. Massingham. The paper begins by looking in general terms at the conjunction of religious and national identities in the context of national landscapes before moving on to consider in more detail one particular instance of this in the writing of H.J. Massingham. Massingham's understanding of a divine natural order, h…Read more
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    Assisted Colonization is No Panacea, but Let's Not Discount it Either
    with Brendon M. H. Larson
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 16 (1): 16-18. 2013.
    No abstract
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    “Taming the Wild Profusion of Existing Things”?
    Environmental Ethics 23 (4): 339-358. 2001.
    I explore how some aspects of Foucoult’s work on power can be applied to human/animal power relations. First, I argue that because animals behave as “beings that react” and can respond in different ways to human actions, in principle at least, Foucoult’s work can offer insights into human/animal power relations. However, many of these relations fall into the category of “domination,” in which animals are unable to respond. Second, I examine different kinds of human power practices, in particular…Read more
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    Response to “Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals” by Elijah Weber
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (4): 695-703. 2015.
    This paper responds to Elijah Weber’s “Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals: A Reply to Palmer”. Weber’s paper develops significant objections to the account of special obligations I developed in my book Animal Ethics in Context, in particular concerning our obligations to companion animals. In this book, I made wide-ranging claims about how we may acquire special obligations to animals, including being a beneficiary of an institution that creates vulnerable…Read more
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    For their own good: captive cats and routine confinement
    with Peter Sandoe
    In Lori Gruen (ed.), Ethics of Captivity, Oxford University Press. pp. 135-155. 2014.