Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology and Place
Author: Christopher Preston
Mountains and freeways, oceans and apartment buildings, trees and automobiles: such things lend shape to mental activity, says Christopher J. Preston. Yet Western epistemology, since its origins, has neglected these material factors. Even postmodern perspectives on how we think and know continue to emphasize social and cultural factors over the physical environment.
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Phone: (406) 243-2937
Office: LA 157
Fall 2019: By appointment.
Professor of Philosophy
PHL 505: Issues in the Anthropocene
PHL 504: Topics in Environmental Philosophy
PHL 422: Environmental Philosophy
PHL 315: Philosophy and Feminism
PHL 112e: Introduction to Ethics and the Environment
Born and raised in England, Christopher moved to the United States in the nineteen-nineties. Apart from a 5 year sojourn in South Carolina and a few months in Washington D.C., he has lived mostly in the western states where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and other activities made possible by the roomy landscapes.
Much of his research connects to the idea of the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human influence is everywhere. He studies emerging Anthropocene technologies for their impact on the human-nature experience. He also has interests in restoration and rewilding, reflecting both his European and his American background. Despite the growing influence of humans on all natural systems, Christopher is still captivated by wildness.
Ph.D., University of Oregon (1998)
M.A. (applied ethics), Colorado State University (1993)
B.A. University of Durham, UK (1990)
Environmental Philosophy, the Anthropocene, Feminist Epistemology, Care Ethics, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, Wilderness and Re-wilding, Climate Engineering, Synthetic Biology
Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Ethics and Policy in the Atmospheric Anthropocene (editor) (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016)
Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management (editor and contributor) (Lexington Books, 2012).
Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston, III (Trinity University Press, 2009).
Nature, Value, and Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III (co-editor with Wayne Ouderkirk and contributor) (Springer, 2007)
Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place (University of Georgia Press, 2003).
"De-extinction and Taking Control of Earth's Metabolism," Hastings Center Report (Issue Supplement S2) 47 (July/August 2017): 37-42.
“Broadening the Assessment Lens for the Governance of Emerging Technologies: Care Ethics and Agricultural Biotechnology,” (co-author with Fern Wickson) Technology in Society 45 (2016): 48-57.
Several summers of commercial fishing in Alaska.
Fellow at the Program on Ethics and Public Affairs, The Mansfield Center, University of Montana
Mountain biking, skiing, gardening.