On sabbatical from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013 at Universidade Federal do Parana in Curitiba, Brazil
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Purdue University
Ethical Theory, Animal-Environmental-Food Ethics, Philosophy of Technology
ADM - 260
I am interested in environmental, food, animal and agricultural ethics. I also specialize in Philosophy of Technology, in particular issues dealing with social justice, participatory democracy, future generations and responsible citizenship. I continue to explore concerns in ethical theory, especially debates surrounding the status of quasi-realism as it relates to moral explanation.
During graduate school at Purdue University, I undertook a twenty month stint at The University of British Columbia (Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, The Animal Welfare Program, The Department of Philosophy, and The Continuing Studies Program). I was able to return to UBC as a visiting lecturer in 2005 after spending a most enjoyable year and a half teaching at Iowa State University.
Besides travel and food, I enjoy the company of good friends and good music.
Examples of Undergraduate Theses/Projects Supervised:
Here are some examples of highly motivated and brilliant students with whom I've had the opportunity to work.
Colin Walker (Research Assistant, Environmental Ethics, PHIL/ENVI 303)
UAA's FLEUR and NIH's ENHIP grants supported Colin Walker, Rachel Wintz and Chad Risinger's research assistantships in Spring 2012. Colin was sponsored by NSF to participate in IPY 2012 in Montreal (). He will also be presenting at the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health, 5-12 August 2012, Fairbanks, AK () on climate ethics and native ways of knowing.
Danielle Giles (Service Learning Project)Food security in Alaska: Risky business or helpful strategy?
Danielle is exploring the effects of food insecurity in Alaska (namely, in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley) with the aim of improving this condition while also appropriately managing the risks involved. Danielle is a recipient of an Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Grant. Danielle will present her research at the
. Danielle will also be presenting her research at the joint 2011 Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky
conference at the University of Montana – Missoula, between June 9 – 12, 2011.
Michaela Hernadez (Senior Thesis, Co-supervised with Bill Jamison)
Multiculturalism and Equality: A Case Study of Sharia Law in the Great Britain. Michaela's thesis explores the tension that arises in Western Liberal democracies when they try to balance minority group rights with societal bright line standards. Her case study for this thesis will be the use of Sharia courts in Great Britain, where the practices directly come into conflict with society's standard of equality, as per British law. Michaela will present her research at the .
Rachel Wintz (Student Showcase Project). Rachel has the honor of presenting her essay titled, "At Least you Don't Sound Smart: Eradicating Sarcasm from our Sphere of Influence," at the , April 7, 2011.
"Current Developments in Applied Ethics and Food
Animals: A Perspective from the United States," Workshop on Current
Developments in Applied Animal Ethics in Europe, Unit of Ethics and
Human-Animal Studies, Messerli Research Institute University of Veterinary
Medicine, Vienna, Austria, March 28, 2013.
"Attending to Domestic and International Demands for
Animal Welfare in Brazil: The Role of Science and Professionalism when
Dealing with Multi-dimensional Social and Scientific Challenges in Animal
Agriculture," Center for Veterinary Medicine, Paranavaí, Parana, Brazil, 25
January, 2013 (with Dr. Andreia De Paula Vieira).
Science into Socio-ethical Deliberations on Animal Welfare and Care Policy: How
can Instruments Like GRADE Help to Mitigate Pain in Farmed Pigs." National
Pork Board: Pain Management Review, Des Moines, IA, February 12-14, 2013.
"Animal Ethics and Animal
Welfare Science: Marrying the two cultures," University of Londrina, Londrina,
Brazil, November 28-30, 2012 (Workshop for post-graduate students in
animal science and veterinary medicine co-facilitated with Drs. Jose Fregonesi
and Andreia De Paula Vieira).
Food Security: The Inextricable Link Between Animal and Human Welfare." Global
Food Security Conference: Food Security Challenges and Solutions,
University of Nottingham-China, Shanghai, China, November 6, 2012.
Cognition and Animal Ethics in Food Production." Conference on Animal
Federal do Paraná,
Curitiba, Brazil, October 23, 2012.
Pragmatism and Native Ways of Knowing: Adaptive Strategies for Responding to
Environmental Change and Overcoming the Struggle for Food in the Sub-Arctic"
(presented by Colin Walker, PHIL 303 Research Assistant), 15th International
Union of Circumpolar Health, Fairbanks, Alaska, 5-10 August, 2012.
Assessing the Merits of Animal Welfare Assessment Tools: A Philosophical Framework from Virtue Ethics and Narrative Ethics. Symposium on Bioethical Challenges in Education: New Challenges and Opportunities. 2012 ADSA-AMPA-ASAS-CSAS-WSASAS Joint Annual Meeting, July 15-19, 2012.
"Animistic Pragmatism and Native Ways of Knowing: Adaptive Strategies for Responding to Environmental Change and Overcoming the Struggle for Food in the Arctic" 10th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics: Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production, Tübingen University, Germany, 30 May-2 June, 2012.
"Wide Reflective Equilibrium and the Ethics of Food Consumption, Panel on Food Ethics and the Problems of Motivation: A Cultural Dialogue," The Second Asian Association of World Historians Congress at Seoul, Ewha Womans University, April 26-28, 2012.
"Food Ethics as More than Food Security: Why Asia Needs to Lead the Way in Discourses around Animal Welfare and Climate Change" Conference on Agricultural Ethics in East Asian Perspective, National Taiwan University on March 1, 2012 (invited).
"Critical-Thinking Strategies and Virtue Ethics in Food and Agro-Biotechnology," University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, November 17-18, 2011 (invited).
"Subsistence Rights in a Time of Climate Challenges: An Alaskan Perspective," University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, November 16, 2011 (invited).
"Agrarian Pragmatism for Food Ethics: A Framework for Ethical-Decision Making," Humanities Colloquium, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea, August 3, 2011 (invited).
"Ethics, The Moral Status of Individual Animals and Human Obligations: A Philosophical Primer," NSF REU Summer Program in Ecology and Physiological Ecology in Alaska, University of Alaska Anchorage, July 19, 2011 (invited).
"Veterinary Medical Ethics and Euthanasia," American Veterinary Medical Association Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, July 16-19, 2011 (invited).
"Moral knowledge and Sustainability: Inupiaq subsistence constructs in dialogue with American Pragmatism a ala Agrarianism," The Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences Circumpolar Perspectives in Global Dialogue:Social Sciences beyond the International Polar Year Akureyri, Iceland, 22-26 June 2011.
"A Rawlsian Addendum to Paul Thompson's Agrarian Vision: 21st Century Deliberative Democracy meets Jeffersonian Agrarianism," Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky: People, Partnership, Policies. Joint Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, University of Montana-Missoula, June 9-12, 2011.
Panelist, "Deliberative Democracy and Farm Animal Welfare: A View from Pragmatic Ethics: Alienated at the Table: Getting to Know Our Food Again Through a Sustainable Ethics of Consumption," Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky: People, Partnership, Policies. Joint Annual Meetings of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, University of Montana-Missoula, June 9-12, 2011.
"Considering the Ethical Matrix in the Context of Veterinary Medicine," American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee Meeting, Schaumburg, IL, April 1, 2011 (invited).
"Research Ethics Concerns Arising from Animals and Biotechnology," Livestock Biotech Summit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 29, 2010 (invited).
"Taming the Unruly Side of Ethics: Overcoming Challenges of a Bottom-Up Approach to Ethics in the Areas of Climate Change and Food Security," Food in Bloom: Cross Pollination and Cultivation of Food Systems, Cultures and Methods, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, June 2-6, 2010; and Global Food Security: Ethical and Legal Challenges 9th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, 16-18, University of Deusto - University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, 16-18 September 2010.
Convener and Panelist, "Author Meets Critics: Paul Thompson, The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics?" Food in Bloom: Cross Pollination and Cultivation of Food Systems and Methods, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, June 2-6, 2010.
"The Ethics of Campus Sustainability Initiatives: Who's Minding the University?" 6th Sustainability Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Cuenca, Ecuador, January 5-7, 2010.
"On the Mental Life of Fish: An Examination of Key Philosophical Arguments Both Old and New with an Eye to Concerns Related to Moral Status and Welfare" 43rd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Cairns, Australia, July 6-10, 2009.
"Overcoming the Moral Psychology of Denial: How to Communicate More Effectively about Food Ethics" 8th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, Nottingham, The United Kingdom, July 2-4, 2009.
"On the Mental Life of Fish and Fish Welfare" Conference on Fish Welfare, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, June 11-12, 2009 (invited).
"Considering the Ethical Matrix for Animal Welfare" Diverse Voices in Agriculture A Series of Education Seminars, US Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C., January 22, 2009 (invited).
Panelist, "Moral Testimonies a Re-examined: Integrating Moral Knowledge: Inupiaq Subsistence Constructs in Dialogue with Western Approached on the Moral Status of Animals" 22nd World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea, July 30 - August 5, 2008.
"Bioethics from 1995-2008: How Far Have We Come?" Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Sciences and the American Dairy Science Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 7-11, 2008 (invited).
Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Anthony, R. 2012. "Taming the Unruly Side of Ethics: Overcoming Challenges of a Bottom-Up Approach to Ethics in the Areas of Climate Change and Food Security." Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 25: 813-841. DOI 10.1007/s10806-011-9358-7
Anthony, R. 2012. "Building a Sustainable Future for Animal Agriculture: An Environmental Virtue Ethic of Care Approach within the Philosophy of Technology" Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Special Supplement on Sustainable Food Production and Ethics. 25 (2): 123-144. Doi. 10.1007/s10806-010-9285-z.
Anthony, R. 2012. "The Ethics of Food for Tomorrow: On the Viability of Agrarianism," Author Meets Critics: Paul Thompson, The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics?" Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 25(4): 543-552. Doi 10.1007/s10806-011-9340-4.
Heleski, C., and Anthony, R. 2012. "Science Alone is not Always Enough: The Importance of Ethical Assessment for a More Comprehensive View of Equine Welfare." Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 7(30): 169-178.
Croney, C. and Anthony, R. 2011. "Ruminating Conscientiously: Scientific and Socio-ethical Challenges for the US Dairy Industry." Journal of Dairy Science, 94 (2): 539-546.
Gamborg, C., Gjerris, M., Rocklinsberg, H., and Anthony, R. 2010. "The Price of Responsibility: Animal Ethics in a Time of Climate Change." Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics. doi: 10.1007/s10806-010-9270-6.
Croney, C. and Anthony, R. 2009. "Engaging Science in a Climate of Values: Tools for Animal Scientists Tasked with Addressing Ethical Problems." Journal of Animal Science, 88:E75-E81. doi: 10.2527/jas.2009-2353.
Anthony, R. 2009. "Farming Animals and the Capabilities Approach: Understanding Roles and Responsibilities Through Narrative Ethics." Society and Animals 17(3): 259-280.
Lund, V, Medjell, CM., Röcklinsberg, H, Anthony, R and Hastein, T. 2007. "Expanding the Moral Circle: Farmed Fish as Objects of Moral Concern." Diseases of Aquatic Organism: Disentangling Sociopolitical, Moral, Ethical and Scientific Aspects of Animal Welfare in Aquatic Organisms, 75: 109-118.
Current Grant (and related) Activities:
2012 USDA AFRI research grant, "An examination of argon gas for on-farm anesthesia and euthanasia of livestock" (Suzanne Millman, Principal Investigator)
2012 Faculty Leadership in Expanding Undergraduate Research (FLEUR) Proposals Outside Health and Wellness, "Exploring a Framework for Assessing the Moral Health of Anchorage, Alaska, through the lenses of Food and Health, and Environmental, Social, Economic Justice (respectively) and Deliberative Ethics: A Pilot Project", $5000
2012 National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) 2011 Outreach Award, $5000
2011-2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Arctic Social Sciences Program, "Climate Ethics Works-in-Progress Conference", September 8-9, 2011, University of Alaska Anchorage, $48,303.
2010-2013 USDA (multi-year) Challenge Grant for "Development of an Integrated Curriculum for Animal Bioethics: Teaching Farm Animal Welfare, Agricultural Environmental Ethics, and Rural Societal Issues Based on a Cross-disciplinary Pedagogy" (collaborators: Candace Croney, The Ohio State; Gary Varner, Texas A & M; Janice Swanson, Michigan State; Janice Siegford, Michigan State; Ray Stricklin, University of Maryland), $433,697.
2011 UAA Faculty Development Grant "Globalization of a Jeffersonian Style Agrarianism for a More Sustainable and Just Food System" (with Songho Ha, Department of History).
2010-12 Aldirako Hezkuntza Berrikuntzarako Proiektuen Deialdia (Concocatoria de Proyectos de Innovacion Educativa 2010-12). "Democracia Agroalimentaria: Maíz Transgénico (Juego de Rol para la Toma de Decisiones sobre Biotecnología Agroalimentaria)/ Development and Trials of Teaching Tools (e.g., Multi-player Role Game) to Acquire Competence in Ethical, Social and Legal Aspects related to Modern Agrifood-Technologies," in collaboration with Derecho Constitucional e Historia del Pensamiento y de los Movimientos Sociales y Políticos, Universidad del Pais Vasco (University of the Basque Country), Spain (Leire Escajedo San Epifanio, Principal Investigator).
Other Recent Publications:
Anthony, R., Gjerris,
M., and Rocklinsberg, H. 2013. “Ethics and Fish Welfare: Animal,
Human and Environmental Considerations.” Proceedings of the 11th Congress
of the European Society for Agriculture and Food Ethics (EURSAFE)The Ethics of
Consumption – The Citizen, The Market and the Law, Wageningen Academic
Publishers. Uppsala, Sweden, September 11-14 2013.
Pragmatism and Native Ways of Knowing: Adaptive Strategies for Overcoming the
Struggle for Food in the Sub-Arctic. Proceedings of the ICCH15.
Anthony, R., Hoanca,
B., and Mock, K. 2012. "Biometric Authentication in the Digital Age:
Rights, Risks and Responsibilities," In Ch. M Akrivopoulou and N.
Garipidis (eds.) Human Rights and Risks in the Digital Era:
Globalization and the Effects of Information Technologies, IGI Global
Reynnells, R., Anthony, R., Crawford, S (eds.). 2010. Proceedings of the Bioethics Symposium: Should Animal Welfare be Law or Market Driven? Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science American Dairy Science Association Poultry Science Association, Denver, Colorado July 13, 2010. The proceedings are available at: .
Co-contributor. November 2009. "Ethics and Animal Welfare Issues," In Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour and Welfare (CABI: United Kingdom). 15 entires.
Lien, M. and Anthony, R. (eds.) 2007. Special Issue "Food and Politics." Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, v20.
Works in Progress and Other Creative Activities:
Section Editor, Food and Agricultural Sciences, Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, Thompson, PB., Bawden, R., Kaplan, DM, and Millar, K. (eds.) Springer: The Netherlands, scheduled for 2013.
Anthony, R., "How Far Can Agrarianism Go? Author Meets Critics: Paul Thompson, The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics?" Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics.
Anthony, R., "Rethinking Euthanasia in a Climate of 'Doing Right by Animals'." Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Anthony, R. "Overcoming the Moral Psychology of Denial: How to Communicate More Effectively about Food Ethics."
"On the Mental Life of Fish and Fish Welfare."
The Role of Food and
Agricultural Sciences in Society, Encyclopedia of Food and
Agricultural Ethics (4000 words).
Croney, C., and
Anthony, R., Ethics, Food Animals and Quality Assurance Programs, Encyclopedia of Food and
Agricultural Ethics assurance programs (4000 words).
"Laboratory Animal Welfare and Ethics," American College of Laboratory Medicine, Elsevier.
Selected Faculty Development Activities:
Symposium: Taking Ethical Considerations Into Account? Methods to
Carry Out the Harm-Benefit Analysis According to the EU Directive 2010/63/EU,
Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies, Messerli Research Institute,
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria, 27 March, 2013
New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), MIT, June 2011
2009-2010 Faculty Fellow, Ford Foundation & Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) Difficult Dialogues; Making Learning Visible (formerly SoTL)
2007-2008 Faculty Fellow, Ford Foundation & Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) Difficult Dialogues
Current University Activities:
Humanities Peer Review Committee, 2011
Undergraduate Research Task Force, 2011-2012
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Advisory Board, 2010
UAA Internalization Lab Committee
Fulbright and Boren Scholarships, and Student Conference on US Affairs, Faculty Review/Selection Committee
Center for Civic Engagement and Learning, Advisory Council
Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Service to the Professions:
European Society for Agricultural and Environmental Ethics (EurSafe) Special Issues Editor, EURSAFE Newsletter September 2011
CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Steering Committee, Animal Welfare Symposium, June 2010
Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Ethics, Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy and Acta Biotheoretica (referee)
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Portal Participant: Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare
American Veterinary Association Panel on Euthanasia and Animal Welfare Group (Ethicist)
Agriculture, Food and Human Values, 2007-present (Council Member)
NordForsk -- Nordic Networks for Research and Research Training, (co-facilitator)
Alaska Food Policy Council