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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Featured Interdisciplinary Initiative

Institute for Practical Ethics: Ethics and Social Implications of the Environment

Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and more raise many ethical, philosophical and social questions. What does justice demand in the face of climate change? What do we value in biodiversity? How can we better achieve environmental justice? New technology and knowledge allow novel possibilities for dealing with some of these problems, from geoengineering the climate to using genetic engineering in conservation. The Institute for Practical Ethics supports work tackling these problems.

Featured Researchers and Professors

Craig Callender

Professor, Philosophy

Craig Callender teaches Philosophy and the Environment, an undergraduate course that explores contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of philosophy, primarily applied ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of science. Topics include ethics, food and animals, wilderness and ecology, biodiversity, conservation, climate ethics, economics, and the future, property, pollution and justice.

John H. Evans

Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences; Professor, Sociology; Associate Dean, Social Sciences; Co-director, Institute for Practical Ethics

John Evans researches several overlapping areas, all of which concern the foundational humanistic questions behind scientific and technological development. He is an expert on the ethics of human gene editing and science and technology. He is also a leader in the sociological study of the relationship between religion and science, an area in which he coleads a small scholarly network and a 2.9 million dollar regranting project.

Andy Lamey

Assistant Teaching Professor, Philosophy; Director Undergraduate Philosophy Program

Andy Lamey is a professor, author, and director of the undergraduate philosophy program at UC San Diego. He teaches Ethics and Society and Philosophy of the Environment.