Faculty

Christopher Preston

Professor of Philosophy

Contact

Office
Eck 157
Phone
(406) 243-2937
Email
christopher.preston@umontana.edu
Office Hours

Email me at christopher.preston@umontana.edu for appointments.

 

 

Website
www.christopherjpreston.com
Curriculum Vitae
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Personal Summary

Born and raised in England, Christopher moved to the United States in the 1990s. He has lived most of those years in the western states where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and other activities made possible by the roomy landscapes. 

 

Education

Ph.D., University of Oregon (1998)

M.A. (applied ethics), Colorado State University (1993)

B.A. University of Durham, UK (1990)

Courses Taught

PHL 505: Issues in the Anthropocene

PHL 504: Topics in Environmental Philosophy

PHL 422: Environmental Philosophy

PHL 112e: Introduction to Ethics and the Environment

Research Interests

 

 

Projects

My research is moved by the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human influence on the planet is everywhere. I study emerging Anthropocene technologies for their impact on the human-nature experience. The technologies include climate engineering, de-extinction, and biotechnology. My award-winning book The Synthetic Age details some of what is at stake. My work also looks at restoration and rewilding, which I see as an antidote to the claustrophobia of a synthetic age. A new book about wildlife recoveries, Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries that Change How We Think About Animals, will be published by MIT Press in early 2023. I have also written for The AtlanticSmithsonian MagazineThe BBCThe Conversation, and Aeon.

Selected Publications

Books:

Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think About Animals (MIT Press, February 2023).

The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World (MIT Press, 2018).

Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston, III (Trinity University Press, 2009).

Grounding Knowledge: Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, and Place (University of Georgia Press, 2003).

 

Edited Collections:

Climate Justice and Geoengineering: Ethics and Policy in the Atmospheric Anthropocene (editor) (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016).

Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management (editor and contributor) (Lexington Books, 2012).

Nature, Value, and Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III (co-editor with Wayne Ouderkirk and contributor) (Springer, 2007).

Epistemology and Environmental Philosophy (editor) Special Issue of Ethics and the Environment (2005)

 

A couple of my articles I'm especially fond of:

"Extinct and Alive: Towards a Broader Understanding of Loss," Philosophia (2021): 1-14.

De-extinction and Gene Drives: The Engineering of Anthropocene Organisms” in Animals in Our Midst, Eds. Bernice Bovenkerk and Jozef Keulartz (Dordrecht, NL: Springer 2021): pps. 495-509.

"De-extinction and Taking Control of Earth's Metabolism," Hastings Center Report (Issue Supplement S2) 47 (July/August 2017): 37-42.

Broadening the Assessment Lens for the Governance of Emerging Technologies: Care Ethics and Agricultural Biotechnology,” (co-author with Fern Wickson) Technology in Society 45 (2016): 48-57.

"The Multiple Anthropocenes: Towards Fracturing a Totalizing Discourse," Environmental Ethics 37(3)(2015): 307-320.

"Geoengineering and Gender" (co-author with Holly Jean Buck and Andrea Gammon), Hypatia: The Journal of Feminist Philosophy 29(3)(Summer 2014): 651-669.

"Rethinking the Unthinkable: Geoengineering and the Presumptive Argument from Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Values, 20(4) (2011): 1-23. 

“Synthetic Biology: Drawing a Line in Darwin’s Sand,” Environmental Values, 17(1) (2008): 23-39. 

International Experience

Visiting Researcher at the University of Turku, Finland (Nov 2021).

Faculty exchange and research residency at The Arctic University of Norway and Genøk: Center for Biosafety in Tromsø, Norway (Feb-April 2015 and Nov 2019). 

Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ethics of the Anthropocene at the Institute of Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Oct-Jan 2016-17).