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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

Greg Cooper

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Washhington Hall 316
(540) 458-8181

Curriculum Vitae


University of Minnesota, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, B.A.


Ethics and the Professions
Normative Ethics
Philosophy and Public Policy
Philosophy of Science


PHIL 108 Ethics and the Environment
INTR 341 / PHIL 341 Legal Ethics
INTR 342 / PHIL 342 Medical Ethics
INTR 345 / BUS 345 Business Ethics
ENV 250 Land-Use Ethics 
ENV 395 Biodiversity: Ethics and Conservation

Selected Publications


  • The Science of the Struggle for Existence: On the Foundations of Ecology (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Integrity and Zeal", in Legal Ethics and Personal Integrity, eds. Tim Dare and W. Bradley Wendel (Cambridge Scholars Press, forthcoming)
  • "Philosophy of Ecology", "Community Ecology", and "Ecology", in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, eds. Baird J. Callicot and Robert Frodeman (Routledge, 2008)
  • "Hypothetical Preferences and Environmental Policy", in Handbook on Contingent Valuation, eds. Anna Alberini and James Kahn (Edward Elgar, 2006), pp. 116-132
  • "Ecosystem Management, Environmental Values, and Lake Issyk Kul", in Lake Issyk Kul: Its Natural Environment, ed. Jan Klerkx (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002), pp. 269-81
  • "Must There Be a Balance of Nature?", Biology and Philosophy 16 (2001), pp. 481-516
  • "Teleology and Environmental Ethics", American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1998), pp. 195-207
  • "Generalizations in Ecology: A Philosophical Taxonomy", Biology and Philosophy 13 (1998), pp. 555-586
  • “Theoretical Modeling and Biological Laws,” in PSA 1996: Proceedings of the 1996 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Supplement to Vol. 63, Number 3, Philosophy of Science (1996), pp. 28-35
  • “Towards a Genuine Dialogue Between Ecology and Philosophy of Science,” review essay in Ecology 76 (1996), pp. 974-977
  • “Aldo Leopold and the Values of the Native”, in Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place, eds. William Vitek and Wes Jackson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996), pp. 150-162
  • “Sober on Brandon on Screening-off and the Levels of Selection,” Brandon, R., Antonovics, J., Burian, R., Carson, S., Cooper, G., Davies, P. S., Horvath, C., Mishler, B. D., Richardson, R. C., Smith, K., and Thrall, P.,  Philosophy of Science 61 (1994), pp. 475-486
  • “The Competition Controversy in Community Ecology,” Biology and Philosophy 8 (1993), pp. 359-384
  • “The Explanatory Tools of Theoretical Population Biology,” Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (1990), pp. 165-178
  • “Fitness and Explanation,” Proceedings of the 1988 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (1988), pp. 207-215

Previous Employment

Duke University, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1991-1999
State University of New York College at Potsdam, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 1988-1991
University of Minnesota, Instructor, Department of Philosophy, 1985-86
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Fall 1984

Professional Activity

Referee for:

Philosophy of Science
Biology and Philosophy
American Naturalist
Perspectives on Science

Professional Associations

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
Hastings Center
Society of Christian Ethics
Philosophy of Science Association
Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies in Biology
Society for Conservation Biology
International Society for Environmental Ethics
Conducted NEH Faculty Summer Seminar at SUNY Potsdam, “Values and Environmental Policy,” June-July, 2001