Trevor Hedberg | USF Profile Thanks for visiting my website. I am an academic philosopher currently teaching at the University of South Florida. If you're looking for information about my teaching or academic research, then you've come to the right place.

Current professional news and recent website updates are mentioned below, and contact information is listed at the bottom of the page. I try to respond to all inquiries about my research and teaching, but I cannot always reply quickly.

Published and forthcoming work can be found on the Papers page. (You'll need a PDF reader like Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader to view them.) My current research is described on the Research page, and you can get an overview of my academic career by viewing my Curriculum Vitae. If you're a student or just want to get a sense of what I do in the classroom, please visit the Teaching page. If you're looking for something that was hosted on the older version of the website (especially if it's a piece of creative writing), then you want to look at the Archive.

Professional News, 9/15/2018

I am currently in my second year as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of South Florida. I work as part of the Provost's Postdoctoral Initiative in the Social Sciences and Humanities and am affiliated with the Philosophy Department.

My biggest current project is a book titled The Environmental Impact of Overpopulation: The Ethics of Procreation, which will be published by Routledge in early 2020. The book will be something of a sequel to my dissertation, building on the arguments I presented there and taking them in new directions. It's widely agreed that we need to change our environmentally destructive habits if we are to adequately respond to environmental problems like climate change and biodiversity loss, but there is mounting evidence that we could also make some major progress on these issues by slowing global population growth and establishing smaller families as the norm. This book will present the ethical case for slowing population growth and explore its most difficult and troubling questions. I gave several talks during the last year exploring what policies could permissibly by implemented to stabilize or reduce local populations, how many biological children an individual can permissibly have, and what concerns about population growth might mean for national immigration policies. With those talks concluded, I will be spending the bulk of this academic year staying in Tampa and fleshing out the book manuscript.

I am also writing a book chapter on the ethics of lab-cultured meat for the Springer volume Animals and Business Ethics. This volume focuses on the intersection of animal ethics and economics, and my contribution explores the extent to which lab-cultured meat could provide an adequate solution to a range of problems with industrialized agricultural practices. Additionally, I have two two article-length papers that are almost ready for submission to journals. Each of them addresses the topic of biodiversity. The first examines what makes biodiversity valuable, and the second considers what obligations we may have to pursue research in synthetic biology as a means of compensating future people for the biodiversity loss caused by climate change.

On the teaching end of the spectrum, I have finally drafted a paper arguing that exam retakes, which are a central feature of my undergraduate courses, should be a standard feature of any course with in-class exams. I plan to have this paper under review at a pedagogy-focused journal by the end of the fall semester.

I also made a recent contribution to the The Deviant Philosopher, a teaching resource for those looking to infuse their courses with philosophical content that deviates in subject or approach from mainstream western philosophy. My course unit Psychological Obstacles to Acting Ethically focuses on the various ways that psychological tendencies can cause people to act unethically even when they have good intentions. The readings bridge the gap between ethics and psychology, and the recent film Zootopia serves as an introduction to the psychological aspects of bias and prejudice.

Website Updates, 9/15/2018

The general structure and format of the website hasn't changed much during the last year, but I have made the usual updates to the Research, Papers, and Teaching pages.


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I am currently a postdoctoral scholar affiliated with the philosophy department at the University of South Florida. My primary research interests are applied ethics and epistemology.


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