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John van Buren

Professor of Philosophy

Director, Environmental Studies

Director, Peace and Justice Studies

Collins Hall, Room 111


John van Buren’s primary research and teaching areas are environmental philosophy and ethics, 20th century continental philosophy, and ancient philosophy. He is currently completing the book, Environmental Historiography of Philosophy: From Ancient Natural History to the Future for Philosophy Today, which studies how environmental factors have been used down through the ages to write about the origins, history and future of philosophy. His 2018 monograph (co-authored with Baird Callicott and Keith Brown), Greek Natural Philosophy: The Presocratics And Their Importance For Environmental Philosophy (Cognella Press), presents a reading of Greek natural philosophy through the lens of contemporary environmental disciplines. His earlier monograph, The Young Heidegger: Rumor of the Hidden King (Indiana University Press, 1994) pioneered research on the historical influences from Aristotle to the 19th century on the early thought of the German philosopher, Martin Heidegger. He co-edited (with Theodore Kisiel) Reading Heidegger from the Start: Essays in His Earliest Thought (SUNY Press, 1994). He is translator (with commentaries) of Martin Heidegger, Ontology—The Hermeneutics of Facticity (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Martin Heidegger, Supplements: From the Earliest Essays to Being and Time and Beyond (SUNY Press, 2002). He has published numerous articles in anthologies and journals, including Research in Phenomenology and Environmental Ethics. He is series editor (with Baird Callicott) of the SUNY Press book series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, which has published 20 volumes since 2002.