Philosophy Professor

Office: 541-737-5654

Milam Hall

Milam Hall 306D

2520 SW Campus Way

2520 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Affiliated with: 
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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Dr. Thompson comes to OSU from the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Clemson University where he also worked with the Restoration Institute, the Rutland Institute for Ethics, and the doctoral program in Planning, Design, and the Built Environment.  As an undergraduate he studied at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia WA, before earning his MA and PhD from the University of Washington, in Seattle.

His primary areas of interest are environmental philosophy (including ethics, metaphysics, and aesthetics), philosophical ethics, social and political philosophy, and practical reason. Recent publications have focused on forward-looking conceptions of human natural goodness and re-visioning our moral responsibility for managing ecosystems under conditions of global climate change.

More information, including article reprints, can be found on his webpage:

Select Publications

Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change:
Human Virtues of the Future.

MIT Press, 2012

(co-editor with Jeremy Bendik-Keymer)

Ethical Adaption to Climate Change:

Select Journal Articles and Chapters


2013 Fall            PHL 205 ETHICS (4)

2014 Winter        PHL 541 CLASSIC MORAL THEORIES (3)