Fellow, Energy and Environmental Policy Program; Professor and Interim Co-Head, Department of Philosophy
PhD, Ohio State University, 1978
John Nolt joined the Philosophy Department at UT in 1978 after completing a dissertation at Ohio State University in the philosophy of mathematics. He is now Professor Co-head of the department. He was president of the Faculty Senate in 2008-9 and of the statewide Tennessee University Faculty Senates in 2009-10. He now chairs the Committee on the Campus Environment, which advises the campus administration on environmental matters, and on which he has served for over a decade.
- Environmental ethics
- Intergenerational ethics
- Climate Ethics
- Philosophical Logic
- Formal Value Theory
Environmental Ethics for the Long Term: An Introduction, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2015.
A Land Imperiled: The Declining Health of the Southern Appalachian Bioregion, (editor) University of Tennessee Press, 2005.
Articles and Chapters
“Future Generations,” in Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, chapter 25 of Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson, eds., forthcoming, Oxford University Press.
“Nuclear Power” in Routledge Companion to Environmental Ethics, Benjamin Hale and Andrew Light, eds., forthcoming, Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
“Non-Anthropocentric Nuclear Energy Ethics,” ch. 9 in Ethics of Nuclear Energy: Risk, Justice and Democracy in the post-Fukushima Era, Behnam Taebi and Sabine Roeser, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2015.
“Casualties as a Moral Measure of Climate Change,” Climatic Change 130, 3 (June 2015), pp. 347-58, DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1131-2 (online publication April 26, 2014).
“Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice,” in Social Justice and the University: Globalization, Human Rights, and the Future of Democracy, Jon Shefner, Harry Dahms, Robert E. Jones, and Asafa Jalata, eds., Palgrave Publishers, 2014, pp. 114-27.
“The Individual’s Obligation to Relinquish Unnecessary Greenhouse-Gas-Producing Devices,” Philosophy and Public Issues(New Series) 3, 1 (2013), pp 139-165 (special issue on “A Changing Moral Climate,” edited by M. Di Paola & G. Pellegrino).
“Comparing Suffering across Species” Between the Species 16, 1 (June 2013), pp. 86-104 (Special issue featuring papers from the UT Animals, Ethics and Law Symposium, March 2-3 2012, the organizing committee of which I chaired; I also wrote the introduction to the issue).
“Replies to Critics of ‘How Harmful Are the Average American’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions?’” Ethics, Policy and Environment16, 1 (June, 2013), pp. 111-119.
“Injustice in the Handling of Nuclear Weapons Waste: The Case of David Witherspoon, Inc.” in Mountains of Injustice: Environmental and Social Equity in Appalachia, Michele Morrone and Geoff Buckley, eds., Ohio University Press, 2011, pp. 126-141.
“Nonanthropocentric Climate Ethics,” WIRES Climate Change 2, 2011, pp. 701-711. (http://wires.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WiresArticle/wisId-WCC131.html).
“How Harmful Are the Average American’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions?” Ethics, Policy and Environment 14, 1, March 2011, pp. 3-10. (Target article, with commentaries by Robin Attfield, Lauren Hartzell, Avram Hiller, Jason Kawall, Jay Odenbaugh, Ronald Sandler, Anders Schinkel and Thomas P. Seager, Evan Selinger and Susan Spierre.)
“Greenhouse Gas Emission and the Domination of Posterity” in Denis Arnold, ed., The Ethics of Global Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 60-76.
“Hope, Self-Transcendence and Environmental Ethics,” Inquiry 53, 2 (April 2010), pp. 162-182; reprinted in Andrew Brei, ed., Ecology, Ethics, and Hope (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
“The Move from Is to Good in Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Ethics, 31, 2 (Summer 2009), pp. 135-154. Translation by Amy Xiao in Chinese journal Social Sciences Abroad (December 2014): 131-7; translation reprinted in Xinhua Digest 4, (2015): 138-141.
“The Move from Good to Ought in Environmental Ethics,” Environmental Ethics 28, 4 (Winter 2006), pp. 355-374.