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Environmental Ethics

Professor Paul Wapner has focused much of his research on how to understand the boundaries and intersections of humans and nature, probing the meaning of environmentalism in a post-nature age. What are the implications of the fact that humanity's imprint is now everywhere and all efforts to "preserve" nature require extensive human intervention? How should we understand the argument that there is no such thing as nature itself - only our own conceptions of it?

Professor Evan Berry maps the uneven, unsystematic, and extraordinarily diverse range of religious responses to climate change and other global environmental challenges. His research explores the way that religious ideas, practices, and forms of political authority are constructed and enacted in response to evolving historical conditions.

Professor Paul Wapner

Dr. Paul Wapner, Professor

"Listening to and Caring about the Other: The Ethics of Political Research in the Anthropocene," in F. Biermann, E. Lovbrand, eds., The Anthropocene Paradigm: Evolution or Revolution in the Political Study of the Environment (MIT Press, forthcoming).

"Contemplative Environmental Studies: Pedagogy for Self and Planet," Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Vol. 3, no. 2 (2017).

"Ethical Enhancement in a Climate Age," Ethics and International Affairs, Vol. 28, no. 3 (2014).

"Climate Change and Inner Peace," Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 25, no. 4 (2013).

Professor Evan Berry

Dr. Evan Berry, Associate Professor

Churches and Cosmologies: Religion, Environment, and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America (forthcoming). Co-edited with R. Albro.

"Religion and Nature in a Globalizing World," Religions (2016).

"Religion and Climate Change: A Survey of Social Scientific Scholarship," Religious Studies Review, Vol. 42, no. 1 (2016).

Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism (University of California Press, 2015).