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Council Member

Kathleen Dean Moore

Moral philosopher and writer

Kathleen Dean Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University, and serves as Senior Fellow at the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written Word. Her work brings together the art of the essay, the wisdom of the natural world, and the moral clarity of philosophy to explore our place on the planet and our responsibilities for its thriving. Moore is best known for her award-winning books of essays, Wild ComfortPine Island Paradox, Riverwalking, and Holdfast At Home in the Natural World. She is co-editor of books about Rachel Carson and the Apache philosopher Viola Cordova, and most recently of Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, which gathers testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligations to the future. Moore’s work has appeared in numerous magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Audubon, Conservation Biology, and Orion, among others, and in many anthologies. She is on the board of the Orion Society and the Environmental Humanities Initiative at OSU.