Staff profile

Professor Andrew Brennan

Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences

HU2 317, Melbourne (Bundoora)


MA(St And.), MA(Calgary), B.Phil.(Oxf.)

Area of study


Brief profile

Professor Brennan has research interests in Environmental Philosophy, Comparative history of science & medicine entailment & contitionals identity & personal identity, Environmental ethics, Philosophy & Environmental policy worldviews, attitudes & social policy.

Recent publications

  • Logic: Key Concepts. London: Continuum International 2005 (co-author).
  • ‘Globalisation and the Environment: Endgame or New Renaissance?' in Paavola, J. and Lowe, I. (eds.) Reconceiving Environmental Values, Routledge, 2005, 17 - 37.
  • ‘The Birth of Modern Science: Culture, Mentalities and Scientific Innovation', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (35) 2004: 199 – 225.
  • ‘Poverty, Puritanism and Environmental Conflict', in Callicott, J. B. and Palmer, C. (eds.) Environmental Philosophy: Critical Concepts in the Environment, vol. 4, London: Routledge 2004. (reprint)
  • 'Moral Pluralism and the Environment', in Callicott, J. B. and Palmer, C. (eds.) Environmental Philosophy: Critical Concepts in the Environment, vol. 3, London: Routledge 2004. (reprint)
  • ‘Biodiversity and Agricultural Landscapes: Can the Wicked Policy Problems Be Solved?', Pacific Conservation Biology (10) 2004: 124 - 144.
  • ‘Confucian and Liberal Ethics for Public Policy: Holistic or Atomistic?', Journal of Social Philosophy 34 (2003): 572 – 89 (Joint with Julia Tao).
  • ‘Disposition toward environmental hazards in Hong Kong Chinese: validation of a Chinese version of the environmental appraisal inventory (EAI-C)', Journal of Environmental Psychology 23 (2003): 369 – 84 (joint author).
  • ‘Necessary and Sufficient Conditions', in E. Zalta (ed.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, first publication 2003
  • ‘Humanism, Racism and Speciesism', Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 7 (2003): 274 – 302 .
  • Chapter2: Philosophy, in E. Page and J. Proops (eds.) Environmental Thought, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2003, 15 – 33.
  • Chapter 16: Ethics and marine mammal research, in Gales, N., Hindell M, and Kirkwood, R (Eds) Marine Mammals: Fisheries, Tourism and Management Issues. Victoria: CSIRO Publishing, Victoria 2003: 321-330 (Joint with N. Gales, R. Baker). This book won the 2004 Whitley Award from the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
  • ‘Environmental Awareness and Liberal Education', in Light, A. and Rolston, H. (eds.) Environmental Ethics, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003, 516 – 26 
  • ‘Asian Traditions of Knowledge: the disputed questions of science, nature and ecology', Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33 (2002): 567 – 81.
  • ‘Environmental Ethics', in E. Zalta (ed.) Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (with Y. S. Lo), first publication 2002
  • ‘Moral Pluralism and the Environment', reprinted in D. Schmidtz and E. Willott (eds.) Environmental Ethics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, 466 – 78.
  • ‘The Nineteenth-Century', in Dale Jamieson (ed .) A Companion to Environmental Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell, 2001, ps.146 – 60.

Older publications

  • Philosophical Dialogues: Arne Næss and the Progress of Ecophilosophy (edited, with Nina Witoszek), New York, Rowman and Littlefield, 1999.
  • ‘Environmental Ethics' , in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, General Editor E. Craig, London, Routledge, 1998.
  • ‘Bioregionalism – A Mis-Placed Project?', Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 2 (1998) 215 – 37.
  • ‘Ethics, Codes and Animal Research', in Animal Alternatives, Welfare and Ethics, Ed. L F M van Zutphen and M Balls, New York: Elsevier, 1997, 43 – 54.
  • ‘Incontinence, Self-Deception, Shallow Analysis, Myth-making, and Economic Rationality: their Bearing on Environmental Policy', in Callicott, J B and da Rocha, F J R (eds), Earth Summit Ethics, Albany, SUNY Press, 1996, 93 –114.
  • ‘Ecological Theory and Value in Nature', in R Elliot (ed) Environmental Ethics, Oxford University Press, Series: Oxford Readings in Philosophy, 1995
  • The Ethics of the Environment, ed. A. A. Brennan (in the series International Research Library of Philosophy, general editor J M A Skorupski), London, Dartmouth Publishing, 1995
  • ‘The Disunity of the Self', in J J MacIntosh and H Meynell (eds), Faith, Scepticism and Personal Identity, University of Calgary Press 1994, 163 – 82.
  • 'Beyond the Social Contract', in M Redclift and G Woodgate (eds) The Sociology of the Environment, Edward Elgar, 1994.
  • ‘Environmental Decision-Making', in R J Berry (ed) Environmental Dilemmas: Ethics and Decisions, Chapman and Hall, 1992, 1 – 19.
  • ‘Fragmented Selves and the Problem of Ownership', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1989–90) 143 – 58.
  • Conditions of Identity, Oxford, Clarendon Press, and New York, Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Thinking About Nature, London, Routledge, and Athens, University of Georgia Press, 1988.

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