Saturday, August 17th


GARY VARNER | Professor

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988

Research Interests: Harean two-level (or "Kantian") utilitarianism, animal welfare and animal rights philosophies (esp. how empirical science informs their application), environmental ethics

Current Course Schedule

  • PHIL 251-509. Introduction to Philosophy. MWF 12:40-1:30. YMCA 109
  • PHIL 381-900. Ethical Theory. MW 4:10-5:25. YMCA 113

Office Hours: MW 1:50-2:40, and by appointment

Varner wrote one of the first dissertations on environmental ethics and has since published two books and over 50 shorter pieces on related topics, including hunting, animal agriculture and human nutrition, medical research, cloning, and pet ownership, as well as philosophical issues associated with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the property takings debate. His current work focuses on applying the two-level (or "Kantian") utilitarianism of R.M. Hare to questions about the moral and legal status of animals.

Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 4237 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4237 • tel: (979) 845-5660, fax: (979) 845-0458
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