Jason Kawall - Professor of Philosophy - Environmental Studies

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Jason Kawall

Jason Kawall

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies; Director, Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
Philosophy, 13 Hascall Hall
p 315-228-7817
Please see my website here.


PhD, Brown University, 2001; MA, Brown University, 1997; Honours BA, University of Western Ontario, 1993


Environmental ethics, ethics, epistemology



    • “History of Environmental Ethics” (forthcoming, invited article for The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, S. Gardiner and A. Thompson, eds.); final draft copy-edited.
    • “Environmental Virtue Ethics” (forthcoming, invited article forThe Oxford Handbook of Virtue, N. Snow, ed.); final draft submitted)
    • “Patience” ”,International Encyclopedia of Ethics, H. LaFollette, ed., (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell); final draft submitted.
    • “Virtue Epistemology and the Environment” (invited chapter for The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology, H. Battaly, ed.). 
    • “Friendship and Epistemic Norms”, Philosophical Studies 165:2 (2013), pp. 349-70.
    • “Meaningful Lives, Ideal Observers, and Views from Nowhere”, Journal of Philosophical Research 37 (2012), pp. 73-97.
    • “Future Harms and Current Offspring”, Ethics, Policy and Environment 14:1 (2011), pp 23-6. [A response to a target article by John Nolt, “How Harmful are the Average American’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions?”]
    • "Autonomy, Agency, and the Value of Enduring Beliefs," Canadian Journal of Philosophy 40:1 (2010), pp. 107-30.
    • "The Epistemic Demands of Environmental Virtue," Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 (2010), pp. 109-28.
    • "Virtue Theory, Ideal Observers, and the Supererogatory," Philosophical Studies 146:2 (2009), pp. 179-96.
    • "On Complacency", American Philosophical Quarterly 43:4 (2006), pp. 343-55.
    • "On the Moral Epistemology of Ideal Observer Theories", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9:3 (2006), pp. 359-74.
    • "Reverence for Life as a Viable Environmental Virtue", Environmental Ethics 25:4 (2003), pp. 339-58.
    • "Self-Regarding Supererogatory Actions", Journal of Social Philosophy 34:3 (2003), pp. 487-98.
    • "Virtue Theory and Ideal Observers", Philosophical Studies 109:3 (2002), pp. 197-222.
    • "Other-Regarding Epistemic Virtues", Ratio 15:3 (2002), pp. 257-75.
    • "Is (Merely) Stalking Sentient Animals Morally Wrong?", Journal of Applied Philosophy 17:2 (2000), pp. 195-204.


    • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs, University of St. Andrews, autumn and spring 2010-11, autumn 2006
    • NEH Summer Institute, "Environmental Ethics and Issues: Alaska as a Case Study," summer 2001