Allen Thompson

Membership:  2016

Member Bio

Allen Thompson is an associate professor of ethics and environmental philosophy at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. His research concerns broadening our conception of environmental virtue and moral responsibility as a part of understanding human excellence in adapting to emerging and anthropogenic global environmental conditions. He is the vice president and president-elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. In addition to authoring many journal articles and book chapters, Thompson is the lead editor of Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future (MIT, 2012) and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). Thompson has co-authored articles with ecologists, land managers, geographers, and atmospheric scientists, as well as other philosophers. Additional information can be found on his website:


  • Thompson, Allen, and Otto Friederike. “Ethical and Normative Implications of Event Attribution for Policy Concerning Loss and Damage.” Climatic Change 133, no. 3 (2015): 439–51.
  • Thompson, Allen. “Radical Hope for Living Well in a Warmer World.” Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics 23, no. 1 (2010): 43–59.
  • Norton, Bryan G., and Allen Thompson. “Ethics and Sustainable Development: The Virtues of an Adaptive Approach to Environmental Choice.” In The Handbook of Sustainable Development, 2nd ed., edited by Giles Atkinson, Simon Dietz, and Eric Neumayer, 105–24. Edward Elgar, 2014.
  • Thompson, Allen, and Stephen Jackson. “The Human Influence: Moral Responsibility for Novel Ecosystems.” In Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems, edited by Ronald Sandler and John Basl, 125–52. Lexington Books, 2013.
  • Light, Andrew, Allen Thompson, and Eric Higgs. “Valuing Novel Ecosystems.” In Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order, edited by Richard Hobbs, Eric Higgs, and Carol Hall, 257–68. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Thompson, Allen, and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, eds. “The Virtue of Responsibility for the Global Climate.” In Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future, 203–22. MIT Press, 2012.