I am a professor emeritus of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina where I taught between 1986 and 2016. 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 taught 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 (2001), on a positive role for humans in nature in Ethics and the Environment (2002), on religion and environmental ethics in Nature, Value, Duty (2007), and on wild animal suffering and the natural in The Ethics Forum (2018). Some of my writing has been in the area of environmental aesthetics and its relation to environmental protection. This work includes a paper on the idea that all of nature is beautiful (Journal of Aesthetic Education 2017), objectivity in environmental aesthetics (in Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism 2008), on Allen Carlson’s environmental aesthetics in (Environmental Ethics, 2005), and on using nature's beauty to protect it (in Philosophy: Environmental Ethics, 2017). Lately, I have been defending a tradtional environmental ethic of respect for independent nature from what I call "Age of Man Environmentalism" (in Keeping the Wild, 2014). Early in my career, 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 split my time between Sullivans Island (a barrier island outside Charleston) and Bozeman, Montana. My wife, Bev Diamond, is a former professor of mathematics and interim provost at the College of Charleston. I have a son, Christopher, who is in college. I love the outdoors, ride my bike as much as I can, and am working feverishly to become a better skate skier.