•  153
    Situating Environmental Philosophy in Canada
    In C. Tyler DesRoches, Frank Jankunis & Byron Williston (eds.), Canadian Environmental Philosophy, . 2019.
    The volume includes topics from political philosophy and normative ethics on the one hand to philosophy of science and the philosophical underpinnings of water management policy on the other. It contains reflections on ecological nationalism, the legacy of Grey Owl, the meaning of ‘outside’ to Canadians, the paradigm shift from mechanism to ecology in our understanding of nature, the meaning of the concept of the Anthropocene, the importance of humans self-identifying as ‘earthlings’, the challe…Read more
  •  99
    Canadian Environmental Philosophy
    Mcgill-Queen's University Press. 2019.
    Canadian Environmental Philosophy is the first collection of essays to take up theoretical and practical issues in environmental philosophy today, from a Canadian perspective. The essays cover various subjects, including ecological nationalism, the legacy of Grey Owl, the meaning of “outside” to Canadians, the paradigm shift from mechanism to ecology in our understanding of nature, the meaning and significance of the Anthropocene, the challenges of biodiversity protection in Canada, the conserva…Read more
  •  11
    A Tapestry of Concealments
    Environmental Philosophy 15 (2): 237-254. 2018.
    The Good Anthropocene is a position taken up by a diverse collection of writers, social scientists, and philosophers. Their claim is that the Anthropocene should be embraced as a more or less positive development in the history of our species. This paper pushes back against the narrative of the Good Anthropocene. But rather than confront its advocates directly, I will come at the contest obliquely. I present a Heideggerian interpretation of Annie Proulx’s Barkskins, a multi-generational novel ce…Read more
  •  10
    A Tapestry of Concealments in advance
    Environmental Philosophy. forthcoming.
  •  19
    The Question Concerning Geo-Engineering
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 21 (2/3): 199-221. 2017.
    The Anthropocene, as we encounter it now, is the age in which we can no longer avoid postnaturalism, that is, a view of the ‘environment’ as largely ‘built.’ This means that we exist in a highly technologically mediated relationship to the rest of the earth system. But because the Anthropocene has barely emerged this time is best thought of as a transition phase between two epochs, i.e., it is ‘the end-Holocene.’ The end-Holocene is essentially a period of ecological crisis, the most salient man…Read more
  • Self-Knowledge, Moral Freedom, and the Passions in Descartes
    Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada). 1998.
    This dissertation has as its focus a tension at the heart of Descartes' theory of the passions, one which defines and therefore problematizes his final ethic. As he sees it, the passions can both contribute to our good and prevent us from seeing it perspicuously. It is not so much the presence of this tension itself in Descartes' thinking which is noteworthy---the tension is an old one in the history of philosophy---but his epistemological treatment of it, the fact that it emerges within and can…Read more
  •  17
    Descartes’s Meditations: An Introduction (review)
    Dialogue 45 (1): 203-205. 2006.
  •  35
    Akrasia and the passions in Descartes
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (1). 1999.
    No abstract
  • William R. Reddy, The Navigation of Emotion (review)
    Philosophy in Review 22 358-360. 2002.
  • The recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested that continuing inaction on climate change presents a significant threat to social stability. This book examines the reasons for the inaction highlighted by the IPCC and suggests the normative bases for overcoming it.
  •  7
    No Title available: Dialogue
    Dialogue 45 (1): 203-205. 2006.
  • Dreams And Freedom
    Florida Philosophical Review 2 (1): 46-52. 2002.
  •  52
    Locke’s critique of enthusiastic religion is an attempt to undermine a form of supernaturalist belief. In this paper, I argue for a novel interpretation of that critique. By opening up a middle path between the views of John Passmore and Michael Ayers, I show that Locke is accusing the enthusiast of being a self-deceived believer. First, I demonstrate the manner in which a theory of self-deception squares with Locke’s intellectualist epistemology. Second, I argue that Locke thinks he can show th…Read more
  •  17
    Descartes’s Meditations: An Introduction (review)
    Dialogue 45 (1): 203. 2006.
  •  30
    The Epistemic Problem of Cartesian Passions
    International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (3): 309-332. 2003.
    For Descartes, the passions are the key to the good life. But he is also wary of the extent to which they may lead us astray. As I argue, there is reason to be skeptical that Descartes himself provides a satisfying resolution of this tension in the Passions of the Soul. The problem concerns our ability to interpret and work through intra-subjective passional conflicts. Descartes seems almost obsessed with the problem of such conflicts in this text. What he needs to provide, however, is a kind of…Read more
  •  3
    Passion and Virtue in Descartes (edited book)
    with Andre Gombay
    Humanity Books. 2003.
    Anglophone philosophers have on the whole overlooked much of the last ten years or so of Descartes' philosophical career. In the period following publication of the Meditations, however, Descartes was extremely active in attempting to develop a comprehensive ethics, rooted in his analysis of human passions. His work in this area grew out of a lengthy correspondence with Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia and was later systematically presented in the Passions of the Soul. The present volume is the fir…Read more
  •  68
    The Sublime Anthropocene
    Environmental Philosophy 13 (2): 155-174. 2016.
    In the Anthropocene, humanity has been forced to a self-critical reflection on its place in the natural order. A neglected tool for understanding this is the sublime. Sublime experience opens us up to encounters with ‘formless’ nature at the same time as we recognize the inevitability of imprinting our purposes on nature. In other words, it is constituted by just the sort of self-critical stance towards our place in nature that I identify as the hallmark of the Anthropocene ‘collision’ between h…Read more