Ned Hettinger, Bio Sketch
(September 2014)


I am a professor of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina where I have taught since 1986. I have a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Denison University (1975) and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1985). I teach a range of courses, including environmental philosophy (my specialty), aesthetics, and introduction to philosophy.

I have published several dozen papers including articles on intellectual property in Philosophy and Public Affairs (1989), on biotechnology in the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review (1995), on the value of predation and on disequilibrium ecology & wildness value in Environmental Ethics (1994, 1999), on exotic species in Environmental Values (2001), on environmental disobedience in A Companion to Environmental Philosophy (Blackwell, 2001), on a positive role for humans in nature in Ethics and the Environment (2002), and on religion and environmental ethics in Nature, Value, Duty (2007). Some of my work has been in the area of environmental aesthetics and its relation to environmental protection, and this includes a paper on objectivity in environmental aesthetics in Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism (Columbia, 2008), on Allen Carlson’s environmental aesthetics in Environmental Ethics (2005), and papers on positive aesthetics and aesthetic preservationism. Most recently I have been defending a tradtional environmental ethic of respect for independent nature from what I call "Age of Man Environmentalism." One of my papers was chosen as among the ten best articles published in philosophy that year and my articles have been reprinted dozens of times.

I live on Sullivan's Island (a barrier island outside Charleston) and spend my summers in Bozeman, Montana. My wife Bev Diamond is a professor of mathematics and the vice-provost at the College. I have a 16 year old son, Christopher. I love the outdoors and ride my bike as much as I can.