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Alan Brian Carter

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Alan CarterAlan Brian Carter (born 1952, Lincolnshire, England) is the Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

He earned a BA at the University of Kent at Canterbury, an MA at the University of Sussex and a DPhil at St Cross College at the University of Oxford. Carter's first academic position was Lecturer in Political Theory at University College Dublin. He then became Head of the Philosophy Department at Heythrop College, University of London. Subsequently, he was Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Bucharest. Carter is currently joint editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

He works principally in political philosophy, moral philosophy, and environmental philosophy. Carter has published on a wide range of topics: within political philosophy he has written on political obligation, equality, and property rights; within environmental philosophy he has written on the moral status of both nonhuman animals and ecosystems; within applied ethics he has written on problems regarding future persons and world hunger; within political theory he has written on theories of the state and Third World underdevelopment; and within Marxism and Anarchism Carter has written on their respective theories of history. He is currently developing an environmentalist moral theory that is, normatively, value pluralist and, metaethically, projectivist,[1] topics he has previously written about in moral theory.


John Baird Callicott

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John Baird CallicottJ. Baird Callicott is an American philosopher whose work has been at the forefront of the new field of environmental philosophy and ethics. He is University Distinguished Research Professor and a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies and the Institute of Applied Sciences at the University of North Texas.[1] Callicott held the position of Professor of Philosophy and Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point from 1969 to 1995, where he taught the world’s first course in environmental ethics in 1971.[2] From 1994 to 2000, he served as Vice President then President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. Other distinguished positions include visiting professor of philosophy at Yale University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Hawai’i; and the University of Florida.[3]

Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac is one of environmental philosophy’s seminal texts, and Callicott is widely considered to be the leading contemporary exponent of Leopold's land ethic.[4] Callicott’s book In Defense of the Land Ethic (1989) explores the intellectual foundations of Leopold's outlook and seeks to provide it with a more complete philosophical treatment; and a following publication titled Beyond the Land Ethic (1999) further extends Leopold’s environmental philosophy. Callicott’s Earth’s Insights (1994) is also considered an important contribution to the budding field of comparative environmental philosophy; a special edition of the journal Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion (Vol. 1, Number 2) was devoted to scholarly reviews of the work.[5] Callicott is co-Editor-in-Chief with Robert Frodeman of the award-winning, two-volume A-Z Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, published by Macmillan in 2009.[6] He is also author of numerous journal articles and book chapters in environmental philosophy and has served as editor or co-editor of many books, textbooks, and reference works in the same field.

Glenn Albrecht

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Glenn Albrecht Glenn Albrecht is Professor of Sustainability at Murdoch University in Western Australia. In 2008 Albrecht finished as the Associate Professor in Environmental Studies in University of Newcastle in New South Wales. He has become known for coining the neologism solastalgia.[1]


Solastalgia is a neologism coined by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003 with the first article published on this concept in 2005.[2] It describes a form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change.

As opposed to nostalgia - the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home - "solastalgia" is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment. A paper published by Albrecht and collaborators focused on two contexts where collaborative research teams found solastalgia to be evident: the experiences of persistent drought in rural New South Wales (NSW) and the impact of large-scale open-cut coal mining on individuals in the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW. In both cases, people exposed to environmental change experienced negative effects exacerbated by a sense of powerlessness or lack of control over the unfolding change process.[3]

Conceptualising environmentally-induced distress as mental illness has been discussed by Seamus Mac Suibhne.[4]


Bulent Ozel, Asst. Prof. Dr.

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Bulent Ozel, Asst. Prof. Dr.

Istanbul Bilgi University

Computer Science Department


Bülent ÖzelBulent Ozel holds a PhD in Organisation Studies, a MSc degree in Computer Engineering, and a BSc degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. As part of his PhD study he was a visiting Fulbright scholar at CASOS (Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems) Research Center of School of Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University .

He has published articles, papers and book chapters in various inter-related fields, such as, data mining algorithms, social collaboration networks, and policy guidelines on adoption of open source and free software systems in public institutes. He has been a founding member of IFIP Working Group 2.13 (an international working group on open source systems, founded in 2006) and a member of COLLNET (a global interdisciplinary research network for the study of aspects of collaboration in science and technology). He, occasionally, serves as a referee to a number of international journals in the field of research methodologies and open source systems. He has co-organized or has taken part within organization and program committee of various international conferences and symposiums.

He is currently doing research on knowledge diffusion in collaboration networks looking at impact of network structure and socio-cognitive structure of individuals. He is ineterested and willing to collaborate in the field of multi-agent simulation, particularly, attempting to incorporate dynamic social network models as the basis for agent-agent interactions.

He has been a member of Computer Science Department team at Istanbul Bilgi University since 2002-2003 academic year. Meanwhile, he has worked as a part time researcher at TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) mainly for tOSSad (a 3-years long EU-FP6 project on open source systems) and EURACE (another 3-years long EU-FP6 project on multi-agent based simulation model of european economy). He is also serving as a national contact for "INNO-Grips" network, which aims to monitor international innovation policy developments.


Michael Löwy

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Michael Löwy
(Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1938) is a French-Brazilian Marxist sociologist and philosopher. He is presently the emerited research director in social sciences at the CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research) and lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS; Paris, France). Author of books on Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Liberation Theology, György Lukács, Walter Benjamin and Franz Kafka, he received the Silver Medal of the CNRS in 1994.


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Academic career

Michael LöwyA descendant from Jewish immigrants from Vienna, Löwy grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, becoming a committed socialist at age 16 (1954), when discovering the writings of Rosa Luxemburg. He studied at the University of Sao Paulo, where he had as teachers Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Florestan Fernandes and Antonio Candido); he got his license in Social Sciences in 1960 and lectured sociology for a year at the University of Sâo José do Rio Prêto (State of Sao Paulo).

In 1961 he received a scholarship for a doctorate in Paris, France, which he did under the guidance of the well known Marxist philosopher and sociologist of culture Lucien Goldmann, who had a lasting influence on his views. He received his PhD in 1964, with a thesis on “Young Marx’s Theory of Revolution”, at the Sorbonne University. 


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