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Ted Toadvine

Nancy Tuana Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
Professor of Philosophy
127 Sparks Building
(814) 867-0471

Professional Bio


  • BA, Salisbury University
  • PhD, The University of Memphis

Areas of Specialization

  • Contemporary European philosophy, especially phenomenology and deconstruction
  • Philosophy of Nature and Environment, including environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, and the history of the philosophy of nature
  • Environmental humanities and interdisciplinary environmental studies

Recent Courses

  • Big Questions (PHIL 001)
  • Nature and Environment (PHIL 013)
  • World, Earth, and Planet (PHIL 402)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research in Life and Health Sciences (RISE 500L)
  • Critical Ecophenomenology (PHIL 557)
  • Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception (PHIL 580)

Administrative and Editorial Positions

Nancy Tuana Director, Rock Ethics Institute,

Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Philosophy,

Editor, Contributions to Phenomenology Series, Springer International Publishing,

Editor, Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought,

Curatorial Panel, Phenomenology of Perception around the World: A 75th Anniversary Broadcast Series,

Work in Progress

The Memory of the World: Deep Time, Animality, and Eschatology. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. Forthcoming.

The Cambridge Introduction to Environmental Humanities. Authored with Jay Fiskio. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.

Encyclopedia of Phenomenology. Edited with Nicolas de Warren. New edition with print and online portal. Springer International Publishing. Forthcoming.


Merleau-Ponty's Philosophy of Nature. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009.

The Merleau-Ponty Reader. Edited with Leonard Lawlor. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007.

Nature's Edge: Boundary Explorations in Ecological Theory and Practice. Edited with Charles Brown. Albany: SUNY Press, 2007.

Merleau-Ponty: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. Edited. Four volumes. London: Routledge, 2006.

Renaud Barbaras, The Being of the Phenomenon: Merleau-Ponty's Ontology. Translated with Leonard Lawlor. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

Eco-Phenomenology: Back to the Earth Itself. Edited with Charles Brown. Albany: SUNY Press, 2003.

Edited Special Journal Issues 

Critical Phenomenology after Merleau-Ponty. Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought 23 (2021).

Thinking the Outside: Politics, Aesthetics, Ontology. Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought 19 (2018).

Existence, Diacritics, Animality. Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning Merleau-Ponty's Thought 15 (2013).

Continental Philosophy: What and Where Will It Be? Fiftieth Anniversary Special Issue of The Southern Journal of Philosophy 50, no. 2 (2012).

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  • Anthropocene Time and the Memory of the World. Chiasmi International 24 (2022): 171-190.
  • Climate Collapse, Judgment Day, and the Temporal Sublime. Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology 4 (2021): 127-143.
  • Ecophenomenology after the End of Nature. In Transforming Politics with Merleau-Ponty: Thinking Beyond the State, edited by Jerome Melançon, 127-144. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021.
  • Limits of the Flesh: The Role of Reflection in David Abram's Ecophenomenology. In Literature and the Environment: Critical and Primary Sources, edited by Stephanie LeMenager and Teresa Shewry. London: Bloomsbury, 2021. Reprinted from Environmental Ethics.
  • Climate Apocalypticism and the Temporal Sublime. In Environmental Ethics: Cross-Cultural Explorations, edited by Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach and Madalina Diaconu, 115-131. Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber, 2020.
  • In 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology, edited by Gail Weiss, Ann Murphy, and Gayle Salamon, 149-154. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2019.
  • Arzun Önceligi ve Ekolojik Sonuçlari. Cogito (Istanbul) 93 (2019): 113-127.
  • The End of All Things: Geomateriality and Deep Time. Investigaciones Fenomenológicas, Monográfico 7 (2018): 367-390.
  • Thinking After the World: Deconstruction and Last Things. In Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Ethics, edited by Matthias Fritsch, Philippe Lynes, and David Wood, 21-47. Bronx: Fordham University Press, 2018.
  • Our Monstrous Futures: Global Sustainability and Eco-Eschatology. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 21, no. 1 (2017): 219-230.
  • Biodiversità e diacritica della vita. Animal Studies: Rivista italiana di antispecismo 6, no. 19 (2017): 37-54.
  • Musica Universalis ve Doganin Hafizasi. Cogito (Istanbul) 88 (2017): 193-214.
  • Naturalism, Estrangement, and Resistance: On the Lived Senses of Nature. In Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations, edited by Gerard Kuperus and Marjolein Oele, 181-198. Berlin: Springer, 2017.
  • Phenomenology and Environmental Ethics. In Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, edited by Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson, 174-185. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • Nicolae Morar, Ted Toadvine, and Brendan Bohannan. Biodiversity at Twenty-Five: Revolution or Red Herring? Ethics, Policy & Environment 18, no. 1 (2015): 16-29.
  • Biodiversity and the Diacritics of Life. In Carnal Hermeneutics, edited by Brian Treanor and Richard Kearney, 235-248. Bronx: Fordham University Press, 2015.
  • The Time of Animal Voices. Environmental Philosophy 11, no. 1 (2014): 109-124.
  • The Elemental Past. Research in Phenomenology 44, no 2 (2014): 262-279.
  • Tempo naturale e natura immemoriale. Translated by Roberto Brigati. Discipline Filosofiche 24, no. 2 (2014): 9-22.
  • Apocalyptic Imagination and the Silence of the Elements. In Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature, edited by Douglas A. Vakoch and Fernando Castrillón, 211-221. Berlin: Springer, 2014.
  • Nature’s Wandering Hands: Painting at the End of the World. Klesis: Revue Philosophique 25 (2013): 109-123.
  • Le temps des voix animales. Chiasmi International 15 (2013): 269-282.
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Lifeworldly Naturalism. In Husserl's Ideen, edited by Lester Embree and Tom Nenon, 365-380. Berlin: Springer, 2013.
Ted Toadvine
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