Benjamin Hale is associate professor in the Philosophy Department and the Environmental Studies Program. He is currently the Vice-President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics and co-editor of the journal Ethics, Policy & Environment. From 2006-2008 he was Director of the Philosophy Department's Center for Values and Social Policy. He continues active engagement with the Center, and is particularly instrumental in co-coordinating the annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress with Alastair Norcross. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is associated with CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. His primary area of research interest is environmental ethics, though he maintains active interest in a wide range of concerns in applied ethics, normative ethics, and even metaethics. Much of his recent work centers on ethical and environmental concerns presented by emerging technologies. He blogs on these topics, and more, at the Cruel Mistress blog.
For more information, see Professor Hale's personal website and CV.
Prospective graduate students with a sincere interest in environmental ethics should contact Professor Hale directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options. Where appropriate, they may consider applying to the Environmental Studies program and pursuing the Values and Theory Core. There are no restrictions on applying to both programs simultaneously.
- “What is the Future of Conservation?” (with Daniel F. Doak, Victoria Bakker, and Bruce Evan Goldstein). Trends in Ecology and Evolution. Jan, 2014.
- "The Veil of Opulence," The New York Times, August 12, 2012.
- "The World that Would Have Been: Moral Hazard Arguments Against Geoengineering," Reflecting Sunlight: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management Ed. Christopher Preston. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield. 2012.
- “Getting the Bad Out: Remediation Technologies and Respect for Others”The Environment: Philosophy, Science, and Ethics. Eds. William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater. Boston: MIT Press. 2012.*
- “Nonrenewable Resources and the Inevitability of Outcomes.”The Monist. 94(1). July 2011.*
- “Carbon Sequestration, Ocean Fertilization, and the Problem of Permissible Pollution” (with Lisa Dilling), Science, Technology, and Human Values. 2011.*
- “Is Justice Good for Your Sleep? (And therefore, Good for Your Health?)” (with Lauren Hale), Social Theory and Health. 7(4). 354-370. 2009.*
- “Remediation and Respect: Do Remediation Technologies Alter Our Responsibility?” (with Bill Grundy), Environmental Values. 18(4). 2009.*
- “Choosing to Sleep,” Benjamin Hale and Lauren Hale in The Philosophy of Public Health, ed. Angus Dawson. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).*
- "What's so Moral About the Moral Hazard?"Public Affairs Quarterly, 23(1). 1-23. Jan 2009.*
- "Open to Debate: Moral Consideration and the Lab Monkey,"American Journal of Bioethics, 8(6). 53-54. June 2008.
- “Private Property and Environmental Ethics: Some New Directions,”Metaphilosophy, October 2008.*
- “Technology, the Environment, and the Moral Considerability of Artifacts,” in New Waves in Philosophy of Technology, ed. Evan Selinger, Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen, and Søren Riis. (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2007).
- “Culpability and Blame after Pregnancy Loss,”Journal of Medical Ethics, Jan 2007: 33-24.*
- “Risk, Judgment, and Fairness in Research Incentives,”American Journal of Bioethics, 7(2), 2007.
- “Gavagai Goulash: Growing Organs for Food,”THINK! Philosophy for Everyone. Periodical of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. 16 (2007): 61-70.*
- "The Moral Considerability of Invasive, Transgenic Animals," Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. Volume 19, No. 2, 2006.*
- "Identity Crisis: Face Recognition Technology and Freedom of the Will,”Ethics, Place, and the Environment, Volume 8, No. 2, 141-158, 2005.*