Professor Deborah Slicer
Environmental Philosophy Faculty
Deborah Slicer has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing, both from the University of Virginia. Her interests in the environment and the arts converge in her seminars on Thoreau, environmental narrative, ethical issues related to animals, and environmental aesthetics. She is the recipient of the 2003 Autumn House Prize for Poetry for The White Calf Kicks. She also guest edited a special issue on environmental narrative for Ethics and the Environment, and her articles have appeared in such journals as Environmental Ethics, Ethics and Agriculture, Religion and Literature, and in several anthologies including Reading the Earth, Ecofeminist Literary Criticism, and Animals and Society: Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences.
Albert Borgmann is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montana, Missoula where he has taught since 1970. His special area is the philosophy of society and culture. Among his publications are Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life (University of Chicago Press, 1984), Crossing the Postmodern Divide (University of Chicago Press, 1992), Holding On to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology (Brazos Press, 2003), and Real American Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 2006).
Professor Clarke received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research is in ethics, history of ethics, and moral psychology. She teaches our graduate course in value theory.
Soazig Le Bihan has a double Ph.D. from the University of Bielefeld (Germany), 2008 and the University of Nancy (France). She joined the department in the Fall of 2008 as a philosopher of science specializing in the philosophy of quantum physics. She has since taken particular interest in the budding field of philosophy of the science of ecology. Philosophy of the science of ecology is one of the few relatively untouched areas of philosophy of science. It presents a great challenge to philosophers of science as traditional conceptions of topics such as scientific explanation, laws of nature, scientific theories, and scientific understanding, which have been developed by reflecting primarily on physics, simply don't do justice to the science of ecology. Since the spring of 2012, she has regularly taught a seminar on issues related to the philosophical foundations of ecology.
Rick McIntyre has worked in national parks, national forests, and state parks for 47 years, including Yellowstone, where he accumulated over 98,000 wolf sightings. Rick is the author of four books on wildlife and national parks (including A Society of Wolves and War Against the Wolf) and many articles. He is currently writing a three-book series on the Yellowstone wolves. Rick has also been the subject of books and articles, including two, American Wolf and Beyond Words, in the last three years. News sources as diverse as the BBC, American Public Radio, and “60 Minutes” have interviewed him. The National Geographic channel aired “Yellow Wolf Dynasty” in August 2018, featuring Rick and a family of wolves he’s studied for decades. Rick has worked on the intersection of biology, management, law, and environmental education in Yellowstone National Park for the last 24 years. He shares his knowledge of wildlife, his collaborative experience, public speaking skills, and insights on wilderness values with our graduate students by directing internships, visiting our classes, and assisting with class trips through Yellowstone in winter.
Christopher J. Preston is the author of Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston, III(Trinity University Press, 2009) and Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place (University of Georgia Press, 2003). He edited Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management (Lexington, 2012) and is the co-editor of a collection of essays on Holmes Rolston, III titled Nature, Value, and Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III (Springer, 2006). He has published numerous articles in environmental philosophy and related areas. His philosophical interests include re-wilding, ecofeminism, the anthropocene, climate engineering, the science/ethics interface, and environmental epistemology. He has a Masters degree in applied ethics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. He is a research fellow at the university’s Progam on Ethics and Public Affairs and has commercial fished a number of summers in Alaska. Christopher was born and raised in England.