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Clare Palmer

Professor of Philosophy and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts
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Ph.D., The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, 1993


Clare Palmer is the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy. She is the author or co-author of four books, including Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press 2010), and has edited or co-edited a number of collections, including Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (Springer, 2014). She is also the author or co-author of more than 100 other publications, in journals ranging from the Journal of Applied Philosophy to The Veterinary Record and Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Along with four co-authors from several disciplines, she is currently working on a book project, Wildlife Ethics, contracted to Wiley-Blackwell.  She was the founding editor of the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion (Brill Academic Press) and held the position of President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics from 2007-2010. She was co-PI on the NSF grant Genomics and Society from 2012-2016 and served from 2017-2019 on a National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine committee on the potential for biotechnology to address forest health; this committee’s consensus report was published in 2019 She is an Associate Editor for the new British Ecological Society journal People and Nature, and she serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Environmental ValuesThe Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics and Environmental Humanities.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Ethics
  • Animal Ethics
  • Climate Ethics
  • Ethics and Emerging Technologies
  • Ethical Theory
  • Environmental Studies (humanities and social sciences approaches)

Fall 2021 Course Schedule

  • Phil 111.200 – Contemporary Moral Issues (Honors), 4:10-5:25 Mon., Wed. YMCA 113.
  • Phil 314.500 – Environmental Ethics, 5:45-7:00 Mon., Wed. YMCA 109.
  • Phil 314.501 – Environmental Ethics, 5:45-7:00 Mon., Wed. YMCA 109.