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  1. Paul B. Thompson (forthcoming). The GMO Quandary and What It Means for Social Philosophy in Advance. Social Philosophy Today.
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  2. Paul B. Thompson (2014). Environmentalism and Posthumanism. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 21 (2):63-73.
    The term ‘posthumanism’ has not been promoted by many environmental philosophers, and it is not clear how the figures I discuss would react to be being characterized as posthumanist. It is more typical for advocates of the perspectives I discuss to characterize them with labels such as ‘non-anthropocentric,’ ‘ecocentric’, or ‘deep ecology.’ Yet, as I will argue, the ideas that have emerged in these lines of thought reflect philosophical commitments that could aptly be characterized as posthumanist.
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  3. James J. Carpenter, Garrett Ward Sheldon, Richard E. Dixon, Paul B. Thompson, Derek H. Davis, William Merkel, Richard Guy Wilson & M. Andrew Holowchak (2013). Thomas Jefferson and Philosophy: Essays on the Philosophical Cast of Jefferson's Writings. Lexington Books.
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  4. Per Sandin, Erland Mårald, Aidan Davison, David E. Nye & Paul B. Thompson (2013). Book Symposium on The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics by Paul B. Thompson. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Technology 26 (3):301-320.
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  5. Paul B. Thompson (2013). F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk: Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 26 (2):517-521.
    F. Bailey Norwood and Jayson L. Lusk: Compassion by the Pound: The Economics of Farm Animal Welfare Content Type Journal Article Category Book Review Pages 1-5 DOI 10.1007/s10806-012-9377-z Authors Paul B. Thompson, WK Kellogg Professor of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 503 South Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1032, USA Journal Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Online ISSN 1573-322X Print ISSN 1187-7863.
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  6. Paul B. Thompson (2012). Privacy and the Urinalysis Testing of Athletes. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 9 (1):60-65.
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  7. Paul B. Thompson (2012). Synthetic Biology Needs A Synthetic Bioethics. Ethics, Policy and Environment 15 (1):1 - 20.
    Recent developments in synthetic biology are described and characterized as moving the era of biotechnology into platform technologies. Platform technologies enable rapid and diffuse innovations and simultaneous product development in diffuse markets, often targeting sectors of the economy that have traditionally been thought to have little relationship to one another. In the case of synthetic biology, pharmaceutical and biofuel product development are occurring interactively. But the regulatory and ethical issues associated with these two applications share very little overlap. As such, (...)
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  8. Paul B. Thompson (2012). The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: Climate Ethics and Mitigation Arguments. [REVIEW] Poiesis and Praxis 8 (4):169-189.
    An environmental, climate mitigation rationale for research and development (R&D) on liquid transportation fuels derived from plants emerged among many scientists and engineers during the last decade. However, between 2006 and 2010, this climate ethic for pursuing biofuel became politically entangled and conceptually confused with rationales for encouraging greater use of plant-based ethanol that were both unconnected to climate ethics and potentially in conflict with the value-commitments providing a mitigation-oriented reason to promote and develop new and expanded sources of biofuel. (...)
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  9. Paul B. Thompson & David M. Kaplan (eds.) (2012). Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.
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  10. Kyle Powys Whyte & Paul B. Thompson (2012). Ideas for How to Take Wicked Problems Seriously. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):441-445.
    Ideas for How to Take Wicked Problems Seriously Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-5 DOI 10.1007/s10806-011-9348-9 Authors Kyle Powys Whyte, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 503 S. Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA Paul B. Thompson, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 503 S. Kedzie Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA Journal Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics Online ISSN 1573-322X Print ISSN 1187-7863.
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  11. Paul B. Thompson (2010). Beyond Environmentalism. [REVIEW] Techné 14 (2):163-166.
  12. Paul B. Thompson (2010). Food Aid and the Famine Relief Argument (Brief Return). Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 (3):209-227.
    Recent publications by Pogge ( Global ethics: seminal essays. St. Paul: Paragon House 2008 ) and by Singer ( The life you can save: acting now to end world poverty. New York: Random House 2009 ) have resuscitated a debate over the justifiability of famine relief between Singer and ecologist Garrett Hardin in the 1970s. Yet that debate concluded with a general recognition that (a) general considerations of development ethics presented more compelling ethical problems than famine relief; and (b) some (...)
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  13. Paul B. Thompson (2010). The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics. University Press of Kentucky.
    Agrarian political philosophies since ancient Greece stress the role of agriculture in forming political solidarity and civic virtue. More recent transformations suggest a way to conjoin these elements of what makes a polity politically sustainable with environmental sensitivity and literacy.
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  14. Paul B. Thompson (2010). Value Judgments and Risk Comparisons : The Case of Genetically Engineered Crops. In Craig Hanks (ed.), Technology and Values: Essential Readings. Wiley-Blackwell.
     
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  15. Paul B. Thompson (2009). Convergence in an Agrarian Key. In Ben A. Minteer (ed.), Nature in Common?: Environmental Ethics and the Contested Foundations of Environmental Policy. Temple University Press.
     
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  16. Paul B. Thompson (2009). Gail M. Hollander: Raising Cane in the 'Glades: The Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22 (6):615-616.
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  17. Paul B. Thompson (2009). Marcel Mazoyer and Lawrence Roudart, a History of World Agriculture From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis, James H. Membrez, Tr. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 22 (1):101-104.
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  18. Paul B. Thompson (2009). The Economy of the Earth. Environmental Ethics 31 (3):327-330.
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  19. Kenneth H. David & Paul B. Thompson (eds.) (2008). What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology?: Social and Ethical Lessons for Nanoscience From the Debate Over Agrifood Biotechnology and Gmos. Elsevier/Academic Press.
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  20. Peter Kroes, Pieter E. Vermaas, Andrew Light, Steven A. Moore & Paul B. Thompson (2008). Alienability, Rivalry, and Exclusion Cost: Three Institutional Factors for Design. In Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light & Steven A. Moore (eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Springer.
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  21. Paul B. Thompson (2008). Animal Biotechnology: How Not to Presume. American Journal of Bioethics 8 (6):49 – 50.
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  22. Paul B. Thompson (2008). Agrarian Philosophy and Ecological Ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 (4):527-544.
    Mainstream environmental ethics grew out of an approach to value that was rooted in a particular conception of rationality and rational choice. As weaknesses in this approach have become more evident, environmental philosophers have experimented with both virtue ethics and with pragmatism as alternative starting points for developing a more truly ecological orientation to environmental philosophy. However, it is possible to see both virtue ethics and pragmatism as emerging from older philosophical traditions that are here characterized as “agrarian.” Agrarian philosophy (...)
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  23. Paul B. Thompson (2008). Borgmann on Commodification: A Comment on Real American Ethics. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (1):75-84.
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  24. Paul B. Thompson (2008). Nano and Bio : How Are They Alike? How Are They Different? In Kenneth H. David & Paul B. Thompson (eds.), What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology?: Social and Ethical Lessons for Nanoscience From the Debate Over Agrifood Biotechnology and Gmos. Elsevier/Academic Press.
  25. Paul B. Thompson (2008). The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: A First Look. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (2):183-198.
    A noticeable push toward using agricultural crops for ethanol production and for undertaking research to expand the range of possible biofuels began to dominate discussions of agricultural science and policy in the United States around 2005. This paper proposes two complementary philosophical approaches to examining the philosophical questions that should be posed in connection with this turn of events. One stresses a critique of underlying epistemological commitments in the scientific models being developed to determine the feasibility of various biofuels proposals. (...)
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  26. Paul B. Thompson (2008). The Opposite of Human Enhancement: Nanotechnology and the Blind Chicken Problem. [REVIEW] Nanoethics 2 (3):305-316.
    Nanotechnologies that have been linked to the possibility of enhancing cognitive capabilities of human beings might also be deployed to reduce or eliminate such capabilities in non-human vertebrate animals. A surprisingly large literature on the ethics of such disenhancement has been developed in response to the suggestion that it would be an ethically defensible response to animal suffering both in medical experimentation and in industrial livestock production. However, review of this literature illustrates the difficulty of formulating a coherent ethical debate. (...)
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  27. Paul B. Thompson (2007). Agriculture and Working-Class Political Culture: A Lesson From The Grapes of Wrath. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 24 (2):165-177.
    John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel can be given a reading that links events and the mentality of characters to mainstream schools of liberal and neo-liberal political theory: libertarianism, egalitarianism, and utilitarianism. Each of these schools is sketched in outline and applied to topics in rural political culture. While it is likely that Steinbeck himself would have identified with an egalitarian or utilitarian view, he resists the temptation to deny his Okie characters an authentic voice that matches none of these schools so (...)
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  28. Paul B. Thompson (2007). Norton's Sustainability : Some Comments on Risk and Sustainability. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20 (4):375-386.
    Bryan Norton’s 2005 book Sustainability describes a pragmatic approach to environmental philosophy that stresses philosophy’s role as one of mediating between scientific and ordinary language. But on two topics, Norton’s approach is not pragmatic enough. In the case of his discussion of risk, he accedes to a scientific notion that fails to acknowledge the way that ordinary usage of the word risk involves pragmatic links to human action and moral responsibility. With respect to the word sustainability, his analysis fails to (...)
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  29. Zed Adams, Daniel Farnham, Ian Farrell, Daniel Jacobson & Paul B. Thompson (2006). Book Notes. [REVIEW] Ethics 116 (2):445-450.
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  30. Bryan Norton, Paul B. Thompson, David Schmidtz, Elizabeth Willott & Mark Sagoff (2006). Mark Sagoff 's Price, Principle, and the Environment: Two Comments. Ethics, Place and Environment 9 (3):337 – 372.
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  31. Harold W. Baillie, William A. Galston, Sara Goering, Deborah Hellman, Mark Sagoff, Paul B. Thompson, Robert Wachbroit, David T. Wasserman & Richard M. Zaner (2003). Genetic Prospects: Essays on Biotechnology, Ethics, and Public Policy. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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  32. Paul B. Thompson (2003). Crossing Species Boundaries is Even More Controversial Than You Think. American Journal of Bioethics 3 (3):14 – 15.
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  33. Paul B. Thompson (2003). Putting Pragmatism to Work? Techné 7 (1):41-44.
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  34. Paul B. Thompson (2002). Steven A. Moore. Technology and Place: Sustainable Agriculture and the Blueprint Farm. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 19 (4):369-371.
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  35. Paul B. Thompson (2001). Carolyn Raffensperger and Joel Tickner, Eds., Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (3):351-354.
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  36. Paul B. Thompson (2001). Privacy, Secrecy and Security. Ethics and Information Technology 3 (1):13-19.
    I will argue that one class of issues in computer ethics oftenassociated with privacy and a putative right to privacy isbest-analyzed in terms that make no substantive reference toprivacy at all. These issues concern the way that networkedinformation technology creates new ways in which conventionalrights to personal security can be threatened. However onechooses to analyze rights, rights to secure person and propertywill be among the most basic, the least controversial, and themost universally recognized. A risk-based approach to theseissues provides a (...)
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  37. Paul B. Thompson (2001). The Reshaping of Conventional Farming: A North American Perspective. [REVIEW] Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (2):217-229.
    Debates over the future of agriculture in North Americaestablish a dialectical opposition between conventional,industrial agriculture and alternative, sustainable agriculture.This opposition has roots that extend back to the 18th century inthe United States, but the debate has taken a number ofsurprising turns in the 20th century. Originally articulated as aphilosophy of the left, industrial agriculture has utilitarianmoral foundations. In the US and Canada, the articulation of analternative to industrial agriculture has drawn upon threecentral themes: the belief that agriculture is, in some (...)
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  38. Paul B. Thompson (2001). Vexing Nature? On the Ethical Case Against Agricultural Biotechnology By Gary L. Comstock. Agriculture and Human Values 18 (3):341-345.
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  39. Jeffrey Burkhardt, Paul B. Thompson & Tarla Rae Peterson (2000). The First European Congress on Agricultural and Food Ethics and Follow-Up Workshop on Ethics and Food Biotechnology: A US Perspective. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 17 (4):327-332.
    The first European Congress on Agriculturaland Food Ethics was held at Wageningen University andResearch Center (WUR), Wageningen, The Netherlands, March 4–6, 1999. This was the inaugural conference forthe newly forming European Society for Agricultural andFood Ethics – EUR-SAFE – and around two hundredpeople from across Europe (and a handful of NorthAmericans) participated. Following theCongress/conference, a small (16 people), two-dayworkshop funded in part by the US National ScienceFoundation focused on similarities and differencesbetween the US and the EU regarding publicdiscourse/debate on food (...)
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  40. Paul B. Thompson (2000). A Social History of American Technology by Ruth Schwartz Cowan. Agriculture and Human Values 17 (4):409-410.
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  41. Paul B. Thompson (2000). Reflections (2 of 4). Science and Engineering Ethics 6 (2):275-278.
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  42. Paul B. Thompson (2000). Sharing the Earth: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development by Tarla Rae Peterson. [REVIEW] Agriculture and Human Values 17 (4):407-408.
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  43. Paul B. Thompson (2000). Thinking About Thinking About Technology. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology 5 (1):29-34.
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  44. Paul B. Thompson & Thomas C. Hilde (eds.) (2000). The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism / Edited by Paul B. Thompson and Thomas C. Hilde. Vanderbilt University Press.
    The essays in this volume critically analyze and revitalize agrarian philosophy by tracing its evolution in the classical American philosophy of key figures such as Franklin, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Dewey, and Royce.
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  45. Paul B. Thompson & Thomas C. Hilde (eds.) (2000). The Agrarian Roots of Pragmatism. Vanderbilt University Press.
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  46. Paul B. Thompson (1999). Commentary on “Rhetoric, Technical Writing and Ethics” (Michael Davis). Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):484-486.
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  47. Paul B. Thompson (1999). Ethical Issues in Livestock Cloning. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 11 (3):197-217.
    Although cloning may eventually become an important technology for livestock production, four ethical issues must be addressed before the practice becomes widespread. First, researchers must establish that the procedure is not detrimental to the health or well-being of affected animals. Second, animal research institutions should evaluate the net social benefits to livestock producers by weighing the benefits to producers against the opportunity cost of research capacity lost to biomedical projects. Third, scientists should consider the indirect effects of cloning research on (...)
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  48. Paul B. Thompson (1999). The Ethics of Truth-Telling and the Problem of Risk. Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):489-510.
    Risk communication poses a challenge to ordinary norms of truth-telling because it can easily mislead. Analyzing this challenge in terms of a systematic divergence between expertise and public attitudes fails to recognize how two specific features of the concept of risk play a role in managing daily affairs. First, evaluating risk always incorporates an estimate of the reliability of information. Since risk communication is an effort at providing information, audiences will naturally and appropriately incorporate their assessment of the reliability of (...)
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  49. Carolyn Raffensperger, Mora Campbell & Paul B. Thompson (1998). Considering The Spirit of the Soil by Paul B. Thompson. Agriculture and Human Values 15 (2):161-176.
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  50. Paul B. Thompson (1998). Agricultural Ethics: Research, Teaching, and Public Policy. Iowa State University Press.
     
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