Welcome

summer vacation photo Thanks for visiting my website. If you're looking for information about my teaching or academic research, then you've come to the right place.

The website layout has changed dramatically from its pre-2016 format, but I have kept as much of the old content as possible. Readers looking for my creative writing and other relics from the past can visit the Archive. Papers and other documents are often in PDF format, so make sure you have installed software such as Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader if you want to download and view them.

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.

Professional News, 4/2/2017

After almost two years of work, I have successfully defended my doctoral dissertation. After my graduate studies formally conclude over the next month, I will now focus on revising the manuscript and pursuing a book contract. In Fall 2017, I will be a postdoctoral scholar at the University of South Florida. While there, I will continue to pursue my individual research program in environmental and intergenerational ethics, and I will also pursue a collaborative research project with other appointed postdoctoral scholars in the social sciences and humanities. The broad theme of this research initiative is Global Change in a Dynamic World, and possible topics for our project include sustainability, climate change, population change, environmental degradation, economic inequality, human rights, animal rights, and a host of other controversial moral problems. I look forward to joining the philosophy department at the University of South Florida and continuing to teach and write about these issues.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, I have had several papers accepted for publication that have not appeared in print. "Appraising Objections to Practical Apatheism" (coauthored with Jordan Huzarevich) will appear in a forthcoming issue of Philosophia, and "Climate Change, Moral Integrity, and Obligations to Reduce Individual Greenhouse Gas Emissions" will appear in a forthcoming issue of Ethics, Policy & Environment. Later this fall, I will also be providing a commentary on Miriam McCormick's Believing Against the Evidence: Agency and the Ethics of Belief as part of a book symposium in Syndicate Philosophy.

Website Updates, 1/1/2017

Virtually all the pages on the website received an update in the fall. My Papers now include a few new publications and some in-progress dissertation chapters. The dissertation abstract on pages 6-7 of my CV provides a concise overview of the entire project. The Teaching page now includes some updated course syllabi and a statement of my teaching philosophy, and the Research page has been updated to reflect some changes in my current research projects. Finally, my CV has received its usual end-of-semester update.

Biography

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I am currently a graduate teaching associate in the philosophy department at the University of Tennessee. My primary research interests include applied ethics, normative ethics, and epistemology. I am currently finishing my doctoral dissertation, which addresses the ethics of procreation in light of the environmental impacts of overpopulation.

Contact

Office: 818 McClung Tower
Office Phone: 865-974-7198
E-mail: thedberg@vols.utk.edu

Mailing Address:
    University of Tennessee
    Philosophy Department
    801 McClung Tower
    Knoxville TN 37996-0480