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 251.502. Introduction to Philosophy. MW 4:10-5:25 PM. YMCA 113
- PHIL 314.500. Environmental Ethics. MW 5:45-7:00 PM. CHEN 102
Office Hours: T 1:00-3:00 PM and by appointment
Varner wrote one of the first dissertations on environmental ethics and has since published three 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.