I served as Professor in the Department of Philosophy from 1978 to 2015. At the time of retirement I was the Hanson-Peterson Chair of Liberal Studies. During 2012 - 2013 was on sabbatical in Dharamsala, India, where I coordinated a project with the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives to translate the major works of Western philosophy into Tibetan for the first time. I'm also working on a book that examines what a moral life might look like if not ordered by the concepts of good and evil. These interests were supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship.
I have long been fascinated with the multiple ways people connect with place. My scholarship and teaching focus on international ethics, particularly the ethics of community development, and environmental ethics. These interests are reflected in two books: Environmental Ethics for a Postcolonial World (2005), and Chinnagounder's Challenge (1999)
Recent invitations to speak have taken me to Peru for the keynote address at the First International Congress for Sustainable Development at Cesar Vallejo University, to Tel Aviv University, where I spoke on ethics and population growth at the Inaugural Conference for the Tarnesby Chair in the College of Medicine, to Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, and as the keynote speaker for the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium annual meeting.
Over the years, I have been a visiting professor at several universities around the world: Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Kings College, Cambridge University, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Fiesole, Italy, and the Centre for Research on a New International Economic Order in Chennai, India.
At Gustavus, I have served as the Raymond and Florence Sponberg Chair of Ethics. I also designed and led the Community Development in India program. I'm a core faculty member in the Gustavus Environmental Studies Major.
I particularly enjoyed traveling with students, having led student programs in Japan, India, Spain, Italy and Morocco. At Gustavus, my courses included Philosophies of the Environment, Ethics of International Development, Philosophy of Art and Buddhist Philosophy.
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|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|PHI-109||Philosophy of Environment||25||2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP|
|PHI-104||The Individual and Community||14||2013/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA|
|PHI-246||Ethical Theory||10||2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA|
|PHI-241||Philosophy of Art||9||2015/SP, 2011/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP|
|PHI-243||Ethics of Development||7||2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2007/FA, 2003/SP, 2002/JN, and 2000/JN|
|PHI-230||Buddhist Philosophy||5||2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2010/FA|
|PHI-201||Ancient Philosophy||4||2014/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA|
|PHI-120||Buddhist India||3||2011/JN, 2010/JN, and 2009/JN|
|PHI-118||Morocco and Spain||3||2005/JN, 2004/JN, and 2003/JN|
|PHI-399||Colloquium||2||2008/SP and 2003/FA|
|CUR-230||Visual Experience||2||2006/SP and 2004/FA|
|CUR-399||Senior Seminar||2||2002/SP and 2001/FA|
|PHI-244||ST: Phil Dalai Lama||1||2013/FA|
|PHI-245||Social and Political Philosophy||1||2011/SP|
|PHI-103||Mind and Matter||1||2011/SP|
|PHI-370||Seminar: Spinoza and D?gen||1||2007/SP|
|NDL-139||Florence and Italy||1||2007/JN|
|FTS-100||First Term Seminar||1||1999/FA|
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.