I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and have taught previously at the University of Toronto and the University of South Florida. I am also a member of the Waterloo Climate Institute at the University of Waterloo.
My MA thesis was on Nietzsche's concept of nihilism and my PhD dissertation was on Descartes' philosophy of emotions. I wrote widely on the history of modern philosophy in the first few years of my career, while also developing an interest in action theory, especially motivated irrationality. Around the turn of the century, I got freaked out about climate change and have written a lot since then about the ethical and political complexities of this issue. Drawn irresistibly (I guess) to the philosophical dimensions of existential threats, I have now turned to teaching and writing about the ethics and politics of AI.
I am willing to supervise students wanting to work on any of the themes listed under Research Interests.
2023. The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction, second edition. Routledge
2023. Environmental Ethics for Canadians, third edition. Oxford University Press
2020. Philosophy and the Climate Crisis: How the Past Can Save the Present. Routledge
2019. Canadian Environmental Philosophy, edited with Frank Jankunis and Tyler DesRoches. McGill-Queens University Press
2015. The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change. Oxford University Pres
2005. Passion and Virtue in Descartes, edited with André Gombay. Humanity Press.
Governing the Climate Crisis in Canada: Nation-Building for Planetary Health and Global Stability
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