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University of Washington
Associate Professor
Department of Philosophy and Evans School of Public Affairs
Environmental Ethics and Policy, Philosophy of Technology, Aesthetics


Andrew Light is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of over seventy articles and book chapters on environmental ethics, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics, and has edited or co-edited sixteen books including Environmental Pragmatism (Routledge 1996), Social Ecology after Bookchin (Guilford 1998), Philosophies of Place (Rowman & Littlefield 1999), Technology and the Good Life? (Chicago 2000), Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice (MIT 2003), Animal Pragmatism (Indiana 2004), and The Aesthetics of Everyday Life (Columbia 2005). His connection to environmental concerns goes back to a childhood split between urban and rural Georgia. His first love was a small suburban stream named Flatrock Creek, one of those places William H. Whyte called "tremendous trifles," falling well outside most of our environmental preservation efforts but a potential source for profound environmental experiences. His environmental interests continue to drift more toward the protection of urban and suburban environments as the key to creating a form of ecological citizenship. He is currently finishing a book on the ethics of restoration ecology.