Faculty Profile

Christopher Preston

Christopher Preston

Professor of Philosophy

Email: christopher.preston@umontana.edu
Office: LA 157
Office Hours:

Spring 2019: Tuesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m, Wednesday 1.30 - 3.30 p.m.


Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

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

Personal Summary

Born and raised in England, Christopher moved to the United States in the nineteen-nineties. Apart from a 5 year soujourn 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.  His interest in the Anthropocene and rewilding reflects both his European and his American sensibilities. Even in an epoch in which human influence is clearly everywhere, he finds significance in both the new, and the traditional, wild.



Ph.D., University of Oregon (1998)

M.A. (applied ethics), Colorado State University (1993)

B.A. University of Durham, UK (1990)

Research Interests

Environmental Philosophy, the Anthropocene, Feminist Epistemology, Care Ethics, Ethics of Emerging Technologies, Wilderness and Re-wilding, Climate Engineering, Synthetic Biology


Selected Publications

The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018)

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.

"The Multiple Anthropocenes: Towards Fracturing a Totalizing Discourse," Environmental Ethics 37(3)(2015): 307-320.

“Framing an Ethics of Climate Management for the Anthropocene,” Climatic Change 130 (2014): 359–369.

"Geoengineering and Gender" (co-author with Holly Jean Buck and Andrea Gammon), Hypatia: The Journal of Feminist Philosophy 29(3)(Summer 2014): 651-669.

"Rethinking the Unthinkable: Geoengineering and the Presumptive Argument from Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Values, 20(4) (2011): 1-23. 

“Synthetic Biology: Drawing a Line in Darwin’s Sand,” Environmental Values, 17(1) (2008): 23-39. 

Home Department

Department of Philosophy 

Area of Expertise

Assisted Migration; the Anthropocene; Biotechnology; Care Ethics; Climate Change; Climate Engineering; De-Extinction; Environmental Ethics and Philosophy; Ethics of Wilderness; Synthetic Biology; Nanotechnology

Professional Experience

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, vegetable and flower gardening.