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J. Baird Callicott, October 12, 2008

J. Baird Callicott is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas. He taught an early environmental ethics course at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point in 1971. Environmental ethics has remained his central focus; much of his work has developed ideas from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, and from Leopold’s famous statement of environmental principle, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.” On September 25, 2008, he gave a talk at the IAS entitled, “From the Superorganism to the Gaia Hypothesis: A Brief History of Organicism in Ecology from the Early Twentieth to the Early Twenty-First Century.”

The interview can also be downloaded as an audio file (.mp3 – 27.3 MB).

In this interview, Callicott tells the story of his development as a philosopher and discusses some of the issues central to environmental ethics.

Callicott’s vita is available at:

Further information about Aldo Leopold and his ideas can be found at:

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