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Ted Toadvine

by Rob Peeler Oct 30, 2017
Ted Toadvine

Director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

College of Liberal Arts

129A Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-0471


  1. Ph.D. in Philosophy, The University of Memphis
  2. M.A. in Philosophy, The University of Memphis
  3. B.A. in Philosophy, Salisbury University


Ted Toadvine joined Penn State in 2017 as Director of the Rock Ethics Institute and Associate Professor of Philosophy. He was previously Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon, where he served as Head of Philosophy in 2011-2014. He specializes in contemporary continental philosophy, especially phenomenology and recent French thought, and the philosophy of nature and environment. In particular, he has contributed to the development of “ecophenomenology,” an experience-based approach to environmental issues. He has also pursued scholarly and pedagogical collaborations with biologists, artists, architects, and literary scholars around the themes of climate ethics, food sovereignty, environmental justice, restoration ecology, biodiversity conservation, and environmental art and design. His current research addresses the philosophical and ethical significance of deep time, the eschatological imaginary of environmentalism, the relation between geomateriality and memory, and biodiacritics.

Toadvine is the author of Merleau-Ponty’s Philosophy of Nature (Northwestern, 2009) and editor or translator of six books, including The Merleau-Ponty Reader (Northwestern, 2007), and Nature’s Edge: Boundary Explorations in Ecological Theory and Practice (SUNY, 2007). He has published more than two dozen articles and book chapters, including recent articles in Ethics, Policy & Environment, Klēsis: Revue Philosophique, Research in Phenomenology, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Investigaciones Fenomenológicas, Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, and Alter: Revue de phénoménologieHe is editor of the 2013 issue of Chiasmi International on the theme "Existence, Diacritics, Animality," and guest-edited the 2012 special 50th anniversary issue of The Southern Journal of Philosophy on the theme "Continental Philosophy: What and Where Will It Be?"

Toadvine directs the Series in Continental Thought at Ohio University Press, the longest running English-language book series in continental philosophy. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental Philosophy and co-editor of Chiasmi International: Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Inc. and the International Merleau-Ponty Circle, and is a member of the Scientific Board of the Central European Institute of Philosophy (Středoevropský Institut Pro Filosofii) in Prague. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy and served as the organization's Secretary in 2006-2008. He serves on a number of editorial and advisory boards, including those for Environmental Ethics, Environmental Humanities, and PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature.

Toadvine has organized or co-organized numerous conferences and events from the international to the local level, including the 2013-2014 Interdisciplinary Public Workshop Series on Biodiversity at Twenty-Five: The Problem of Ecological Proxy Values, the 2013 Conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, the 2009 Community Philosophy Institute on Ethical Responses to Climate Change in the Willamette Valley, the 2009 Wayne Morse Center Symposium on The Perfect Moral Storm: Ethical Challenges of Our Climate Crisis, the 2008 Thinking Through Nature Environmental Humanities Summit, and the 2005 International Conference of the Merleau-Ponty Circle.

Toadvine is currently completing a monograph, The End of All Things: Eschatology and the Elements, as well as co-editing two volumes: Climate Change and the Task of Thinking (with Timothy Christion Myers) and Animality and Sovereignty: Reading Derrida's Final Seminars (with David Alexander Craig). He is also directing the 2017 issue of Chiasmi International on the theme “Merleau-Ponty's Legacy in French Thought.”