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    Transgenic animals—animals with genes added to their deoxyribonucleic acid —will no longer be limited by the gene pool of their parents. Such animals are slated to be created expressly to provide vital and novel benefits for human beings. These animals can have desirable characteristics or traits from virtually any gene pool and may also possess properties not present in nature or available through conventional breeding. They will be created for the production of new medical and pharmaceutical p…Read more
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    Food System Transformation and the Role of Gene Technology: An Ethical Analysis
    Ethics and International Affairs 35 (1): 35-49. 2021.
    The global food system exhibits dizzying complexity, with interaction among social, economic, biological, and technological factors. Opposition to the first generation of plants and animals transformed through rDNA-enabled gene transfer has been a signature episode in resistance to the forces of industrialization and globalization in the food system. Yet agricultural scientists continue to tout gene technology as an essential component in meeting future global food needs. An ethical analysis of …Read more
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    Author Meets Critics: Paul Thompson, The Spirit of the Soil, 2nd Ed
    with Allen Thompson, Clark Wolf, and Evelyn Brister
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 1-30. forthcoming.
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    Agrarian Vision, Industrial Vision, and Rent-Seeking: A Viewpoint
    with Johanna Jauernig, Ingo Pies, and Vladislav Valentinov
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 33 (3-6): 391-400. 2020.
    Many public debates about the societal significance and impact of agriculture are usefully framed by Paul Thompson’s distinction between the “agrarian” and the “industrial vision.” The key argument of the present paper is that the ongoing debate between these visions goes beyond academic philosophy and has direct effects on the political economy of agriculture by influencing the scope of rent-seeking activities that are undertaken primarily in the name of the agrarian vision. The existence of re…Read more
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    Book reviews (review)
    with Roger Paden, Marilyn Holly, Carl Mitcham, Joel Schor, Nicholas R. Ellig, John Lyon, Carl S. Barfield, Clyde Kiker, Jeffrey Burkhardt, Miguel A. Altieri, and Christopher Vecsey
    Agriculture and Human Values 3 (3): 41-80. 1986.
    My contribution is a review of Jeremy Rifkin's Declaration of a Heretic
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    Although the word 'sustainability' is used broadly, scientific approaches to sustainability fall into one of two competing paradigms. Following the influential Brundtland report of 1987. some theorists identify sustainability with some form of resource availability, and develop indicators for sustainability that stress capital depletion. This approach has spawned debates about the intersubstitutivity of capitals, with many environmental theorists arguing that at some point, depletion of natural …Read more
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    Communicating Science-Based Information about Risk: How Ethics Can Help
    In Ethics and Practice in Science Communication. pp. 33-54. 2018.
    The chapter discusses two points of intersection between the communication of science-based information about risk and philosophical ethics. The first is a logically unnecessary bias toward consequentialist ethics, and a corresponding tendency to overlook the significance of deontological and virtue based ways to interpret the findings of a scientific risk analysis. The second is a grammatical bias that puts scientific communicators at odds with the expectations of a non-scientific audience.
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    Ihde's Pragmatism
    In Reimaging Philosophy and Technology, Reinventing Ihde. pp. 43-62. 2020.
    Don Ihde has characterized his philosophy as "phenomenology + pragmatism." This article argues that Ihde's pragmatism can be understood as consistency with two philosophical commitments from the first generation of American pragmatists (e.g. Peirce, James, Dewey and Addams). First, Ihde's notion of embodiment relations for tools and techniques is consistent with the organism-environment relational epistemology of these thinkers. Second, his desire to dissociate himself from romantic and neo-idea…Read more
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    Agrarianism and the American philosophical tradition
    Agriculture and Human Values 7 (1): 3-8. 1990.
  • Hugh Lehman, Rationality and Ethics in Agriculture (review)
    Philosophy in Review 16 185-187. 1996.
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    Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots on American Philosophy (review)
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 32 (98): 73-76. 2004.
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    Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots on American Philosophy (review)
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 32 (98): 73-76. 2004.
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    The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism / Edited by Paul B. Thompson and Thomas C. Hilde (edited book)
    with Paul B. Thompson and Thomas C. Hilde
    Vanderbilt University Press. 2000.
    The essays in this volume critically analyze and revitalize agrarian philosophy by tracing its evolution in the classical American philosophy of key figures such as Franklin, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Dewey, and Royce.
  • The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism
    with Paul B. Thompson and Thomas C. Hilde
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 39 (2): 334-341. 2003.
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    Thoreau’s Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Nature (review)
    Newsletter of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy 33 (101): 29-35. 2005.
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    The Ethics of Agricultural Intensification: An Interdisciplinary and International Conversation Paul B. Thompson and John Otieno Ouko* Global agriculture faces a number of challenges as the world approaches the second decade of the third millennium. Predictions unilaterally indicate dramatic increases in world population between 2010 and 2030, and a trend in developing countries toward greater consumption of animal products could multiply the need for prod- tion of basic grains even further. Alt…Read more
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    Theorizing Technological and Institutional Change: Alienability, Rivalry and Exclusion Cost
    Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 11 (1): 19-31. 2007.
    Formal, informal and material institutions constitute the framework for human interaction and communicative practice. Three ideas from institutional theory are particularly relevant to technical change. Exclusion cost refers to the effort that must be expended to prevent others from usurping or interfering in one’s use or disposal of a given good or resource. Alienability refers to the ability to tangibly extricate a good or resource from one setting, making it available for exchange relations. …Read more
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    the coss dialogues were initiated in 1995 to foster cross talk between philosophers working in the classical American tradition modeled by C. S. Peirce, William James, John Dewey, Jane Addams, and others, on the one hand, and contemporary representatives from other traditions, especially disciplines other than philosophy, on the other. The format for the Coss Dialogues was originally conceived as a plenary presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosop…Read more
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    And Don't Forget Food Ethics
    American Journal of Bioethics 17 (9): 22-24. 2017.
  • The ethics of food
    with Paul Thompson, Phd Candidate Maya Joseph, and Phd Marion Nestle
    Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics Journal 16 (2): 6-8. 2009.
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    Introduction to Food Justice and Governance
    In Ian Werkheiser & Zachary Piso (eds.), Food Justice in Us and Global Contexts, Springer Verlag. pp. 165-170. 2017.
    Essay introducing other papers in the volume.
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    A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan
    Agriculture and Human Values 17 (4): 409-410. 2000.
    Book review, feminist history of technology
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    Smells like Team Spirit: A Response to Comments on The Spirit of the Soil
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 22 (3): 259-266. 2019.
    ABSTRACTThe Spirit of the Soil was updated for its 2nd edition in 2017. Three comments on the update are addressed here. First, productionism was not intended as a explanation of farm management de...
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    Book review (review)
    Agriculture and Human Values 25 (1): 137-138. 2008.
    Review of the Handbook of Rural Studies
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    Re-Envisioning the Agrarian Ideal
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4): 553-562. 2012.
    Abstract   Critics of The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics (Lexington: 2010, University Press of Kentucky) have difficulties with its commitment to agrarian philosophy, and have also suggested that the program described there needs more elaboration of how sustainability might be pursued, especially in its social dimensions. The book draws upon agrarian philosophy to argue that habit and material practice are an appropriate and vital focus of ethics. Attention to habit and…Read more
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    Agricultural Ethics in East Asian Perspective: A Transpacific Dialogue (edited book)
    with Kirill Thompson
    Springer Verlag. 2018.
    This collection of essays is a transpacific dialog on the role of agriculture and food, especially within traditions of Chinese and Japanese philosophy and social thought.
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    The Philosophical Foundations of Risk
    Southern Journal of Philosophy 24 (2): 273-286. 1986.
    Characterizes the philosophical grammar of risk attributions and argues that epistemic features of a situation can be a source of risk.
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    The social goals of agriculture
    Agriculture and Human Values 3 (4): 32-42. 1986.