David Macauley

Associate Professor, Philosophy and Environmental Studies
Office Phone: 610-892-1424
Office Location: Main Building, 212 C

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David Macauley received his B.A. in Philosophy and Government from The College of William and Mary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. Dr. Macauley has published articles and presented papers on environmental issues, political theory, ethics, aesthetics, film criticism, ancient Greek thought and philosophy of technology. He is at present writing a book on human walking as it relates to the body, perception, power, geography, wilderness and the urban landscape.

Dr. Macauley’s students are regularly engaged in class projects related to improving the local environment, assessing the impacts of technology and exploring ethical controversies, and some of them have presented their work at undergraduate conferences. For example, his students have organized Earth Day celebrations on campus, worked to reduce waste in the cafeteria and created art out of trash. In addition to advising the Philosophy Club, Dr. Macauley has run a Philosophy Café in Philadelphia where community members discuss philosophical issues ranging from the nature of beauty to the meanings of death, and he is currently working to “green” the Brandywine campus by helping to establish an arboretum on the grounds, organize environmental events, and host speakers on global climate change.

Media inquiries on environmental issues, ethics, political thought and any area related to philosophy are welcome.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Water, Air and Fire as Elemental Philosophy and Environmental Ideas (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. forthcoming 2008).

“Walking the City” in The Aesthetics of Human Environments, eds., Arnold Berleant and Allen Carlson (Broadview Press), 2007.

“The Place of the Elements and the Elements of Place: Aristotelian Contributions to Environmental Thought,” Ethics, Place and the Environment, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006.

“The Flowering of Environmental Roots and the Four Elements in Presocratic Philosophy: Empedocles to Deleuze and Guattari,” Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, December 2005.

“The Domestication of Water: Filtering Nature Through Technology,” Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 6, No. 1 (January, 2005).