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Marion Hourdequin


Marion Hourdequin (Associate Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department) specializes in environmental philosophy. Her research and teaching interests also include ethics, comparative philosophy, animal studies, and philosophy of science. Prof. Hourdequin's current research focuses on climate ethics, climate justice, and the social and ethical dimensions of ecological restoration. She is the author of Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Bloomsbury, 2015) and editor, with David Havlick, of Restoring Layered Landscapes (Oxford, 2015). She serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Values,  and is on the editorial board of Environmental Ethics. Courses: PH140 Ethics; PH 203 Classical Chinese Philosophy; PH246/EV281 Environmental Ethics; PH303 Humans and Other Animals; PH228 Philosophy of Science.

Representative Publications

“Justice, Recognition, and Climate Geoengineering” in Climate Justice and Geoengineering, edited by Christopher Preston (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016).

“The Ethics of Ecosystem Management,” in Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics, edited by Allen Thompson and Stephen Gardiner (Oxford University Press, 2016).

“Ecological Restoration, Continuity, and Change: Negotiating History and Meaning in Layered Landscapes,” in M. Hourdequin and D.G. Havlick, eds. Restoring Layered Landscapes. (Oxford University Press, 2016).

“The Ethics of Geoengineering,” The Philosopher’s Magazine, 4th Quarter 2015: 44-50.

“Restoration and Authenticity Revisited,” Environmental Ethics 35 no 1. (2013): 79-93.

“The Limits of Empathy,” in Virtue Ethics and Confucianism, Stephen Angle and Michael Slote, eds. (Routledge, 2013).

"Empathy, Shared Intentionality, and Motivation by Moral Reasons," Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 no. 3 (2012): 403-419.

"Geoengineering, Solidarity, and Moral Risk," in Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management, Christopher Preston, ed. (Lexington Books, 2012).

“Evolutionary Approaches to Ethics” in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd ed., Ruth Chadwick, ed. (Elsevier, 2011).

“Ecological Restoration in Context: Ethics and the Naturalization of Former Military Lands" (with David Havlick) Ethics, Place, and Environment 14 no. 1 (2011): 69-89.

“Climate, Collective Action, and Individual Ethical Obligations,” Environmental Values 19 no. 4 (2010): 443-464.

“Engagement, Withdrawal, and Social Reform: Confucian and Contemporary Perspectives,” Philosophy East & West 60 no. 3 (2010): 369-390.

“Revising Responsibility in a Proposal for Greenhouse Development Rights,” Ethics, Place, and Environment 12 no. 3 (2009): 291-295.

"Doing, Allowing, and Precaution," Environmental Ethics 29 (2007): 339-358.

"A Relational Approach to Environmental Ethics," with David Wong, Journal of Chinese Philosophy 32 (2005): 19-33.

"Tradition and Morality in the Analects: A Reply to Hansen," Journal of Chinese Philosophy 31 (2004): 517-533. profile

Link to CV

Regular Classes

PH 140  Ethics

PH 227  Epistemology

PH 228  Philosophy of Science

PH 246  Environmental Ethics

PH 280  Philosophy East & West

PH 303  Humans and Other Animals


  • PH203 – Topics in Philosophy: Ecological Restoration: Ecology, Philosophy and Society


    A.B., Princeton University, 1995
    M.S., University of Montana, 1999
    M.A., University of Montana, 2001
    Ph.D., Duke University, 2005