David Utsler | Philosophy & Religion

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David Utsler

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B.A. in Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville (2003)
Critical Therory and Frankfurt School, Environmental Hermeneutics, Hermeneutics, Paul Ricoeur

My current work revolves around hermeneutics, critical theory, and environmental philosophy and, frequently, the intersection of these three areas. I have been part of a small but growing group of scholars (including department colleague, Nathan Bell) focusing on the development of environmental hermeneutics—i.e. exploring the hermeneutical dimensions of environmental thought as well as looking freshly at traditional problems in environmental philosophy and ethics through the lens of philosophical hermeneutics. I have a chapter in the upcoming book, Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics, eds. Forrest Clingerman and Mark Dixon, due out in August 2011 from Ashgate. I am also co-editing a volume on environmental hermeneutics that explores the subject from a variety of different perspectives in hermeneutics. With any luck (!), the book will be published in late 2012 or early 2013. I am proud to be a part of the Philosophy and Religion Studies department here at UNT!

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