John Nolt, professor of philosophy, began working in environmental ethics several years ago. More recently he began also to work on intergenerational ethics and animal ethics, prompted to the former by, among other things, pressing issues of sustainability and climate change and to the latter by factory farming and the use of animals in research.
Convinced that an adequate environmental ethics for the long term must include an intergenerational ethic and an animal ethic, Nolt began to work with top scholars on these areas, organizing and contributing to a UT Philosophy symposium on animals, ethics and the law, and teaching a special graduate seminar on intergenerational justice to which he invited top scholars as visitors. He quickly established himself as a leader in this area, presenting at top conferences around the world and publishing in a wide and quite diverse (for a philosopher) range of fora: Climatic Change; Environmental Values; Philosophy & Public Issues; Ethics, Policy & Environment; Between the Species; Oxford Handbook for Environmental Ethics.
Nolt then contracted with Routledge to publish a monograph. Environmental Ethics for the Long Term (Routledge, 2014) has just been published. The volume marries environmental and intergenerational and animal ethics and has earned praise for not only its philosophical rigor but also its close attention to environmental science and policy.