About Me

Kenneth Shockley

Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy

Director, Sustainability Academy

Fulbright Program Advisor

111 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Tel     :  716-645-2444 #111
Fax    :   716-645-6139
Email : kes25@buffalo.edu





My primary areas of research are Environmental Philosophy, Ethical Theory, and Social Philosophy.

More particularly, I am interested in the perplexing nature of environmental values and their expression in public policy ,in indirect consequentialism, in problems of partiality and the normative requirements of group membership, and in a number of thorny issues involving collective agency and collective responsibility.

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Spring 2013:

PHI 334: Environmental Ethics

UE 141: Discovery Seminar: Explore Sustainability



Fall 2013:

PHI 335: Contemporary Ethical Theory

UE 140: Undergraduate Academies Introductory Seminar




For the Buffalo Workshop on Ethics and Adaptation, click here.


Forthcoming papers and work under development
“Responsibility: Individual and Collective” invited at Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics 
“Rethinking Greenhouse Development Rights” WIREs Climate Change.
“Living Well Wherever You Are: Promoting the Good Life in the Anthropocene”
“Social Practices and Normative Inheritance: Giving Shape to Thick Concepts”
“Promoting Transparency: Justifying Climate Change Policy in the Public Realm”


Recent Publications

“Thinning Our Ethical Concepts: Thick Evaluative Concepts and Environmental Value” Environmental Ethics, 34.3 (2012).
“Divergent principles, development rights, and individualism in the Greenhouse Development Rights framework” Regions and Cohesion 2.1 (2012): 1-24.
“Human Values and Institutional Responses to Climate Change,” in Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer (eds), Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future, MIT Press, 2012, pp. 281-298. 

“Fragility, Stability, and future Well-being: Reflections on Fukushima Daiichi and the future of Nuclear Energy”, Ethics, Politics, and Environment, 14.3 (2011), 291–295.

“NIMBY, Partiality, and Justifying Agent-Relative Reasons: An Open Peer Commentary on Simon Feldman and Derek Turner’s ‘Why Not NIMBY?’”, Ethics, Policy, and Environment. 13.3 (2010) 329 – 332.

“Environmental Policy With Integrity,” Environmental Values 18 (2009): 177-99.
“Practice Dependent Respect,” Journal of Value Inquiry 43.1 (2009): 41-54.
“Preference Aggregation and Individual Development Rights” Open Peer Commentary on Paul Baer, et. al. “Greenhouse Development Rights: A proposal for a fair global climate treaty”, Ethics, Place, and Environment 12.3 (2009): 301-4.

“On That Peculiar Practice of Promising,” Philosophical Studies 140.3 (2008): 385-399.
“Charity, Humanity, Empathy: What Room for Value?” in Chase B. Wrenn ed. Naturalism, Reference and Ontology: Essays in Honor of Roger F. Gibson. New York: Peter Lang, 2008: 127-140.

“Recognizing the Exploited” in Jorge Gracia (ed) Race or Ethnicity? Cornell University Press, 2007: 189-205.

“Programming Collective Control,” Journal of Social Philosophy 38.3 (2007): 442-455.