The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is the home of the nation's leading Doctoral Program in environmental ethics/philosophy and the nation's first Masters Program in the field. All of our thirteen permanent faculty publish in various areas of environmental ethics/philosophy--Including three of Environmental Philosophy's founders--J. Baird Callicott, Eugene C. Hargrove, & Pete A. Y. Gunter.
Fostering interdisciplinarity in curricula and research projects, areas of specialization among our faculty include philosophy of ecology, environmental policy, environmental justice, religion and nature, environmental education, philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of water, land ethics, eco-phenomenology, eco-feminism, and traditional ecological knowledge. The department also has faculty who focus on the history of philosophy
East and West.
Locating Diversity & Interdisciplinarity...
Faculty in the Department affiliate with University-wide environmental initiatives, such as the President's Sustainability Council, and the Research Cluster for Human Health and Environmental Sustainability. Faculty also have affiliated members in interdisciplinary programs such as Women's Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Teach North Texas Science and Math Education Certification Program as well as affiliation in University-wide research projects. We are housed in the Environmental Education Science and Technology Building, the home of the Institute of Applied Sciences, which includes the Department in its affiliated membership as well s several Environmental Sciences Departments, such as Biology, Geology, and Geography. The department also has faculty affiliated with inter-departmental research with History, Art Education, Spanish, and Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Reaching into the Field...
Long time home of the first journal in the field, Environmental Ethics as well as the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP). The department has also been singled our for creating the world's first Field Station in environmental philosophy, science, and policy at Cape Horn, Chile. The Department houses the Philosophy of Food Project, which initiated and maintains the primary website for research on the philosophy of food. With connections to the United Nations Environmental, Science, and Cultural Organization, the Water Project is a leading University program connecting the arts with science, and also offers the possibility for Research Fellowships. The department hosts international conferences and workshops such as the Rural Sustainability Workshop and Public Philosophy Network.