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Nathan Kowalsky, PhD, MPhil, MCS, BA (Hons)

Associate Professor

Arts | St. Joseph's College

Philosophy | Interdisciplinary Studies

About Me

I received a PhD in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (now simply "KU Leuven"), Leuven, Belgium in 2006. I also received an MPhil (Licentiate, MA equivalent) in philosophy from the same institution in 2003. I completed an MCS (Master of Christian Studies, also an MA equivalent) in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada in 2002 (also received 2003). I received a BA (Honours) in philosophy from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1998. Somewhere in the middle of all that I got married, had two kids, and got a job! :)


Research

Research Areas and Interests:

Environmental Philosophy

  • Wilderness
  • Relationship between Nature and Culture
  • Intersections with Philosophy of Technology
  • Intersections with Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

Environmental Ethics

  • Hunting
  • Nonhuman Animals
  • Environmental Radicalism (including Deep Ecology)
  • Reformist Environmentalism and Social Acquiescence

Philosophy of Religion

  • Problem of Natural Evil
  • Divine Alterity
  • Axiological Transcendence

Philosophy of Culture

  • Civilization, Primitivism, and Anarchism
  • Non-agrarian Hermeneutics

Philosophy of Technology

  • Technological Societies (Jacques Ellul)
  • Technological Enframement (Martin Heidegger)

Teaching

I teach undergraduate courses in the following areas:

  • Philosophy
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Theology (Christianity and the Environment)

I supervise graduate students (MA or Phd) in Religious Studies working in the area of Religion and Ecology.