Dwelling in Expanded Biotic Communities: The Philosophical Foundations of a Reconstructive Postmodern Version of Community
The essential general features of any reconstructive postmodern version of community are presented. Process metaphysics and environmental virtue ethics are presented as the foundation for such a version.
||Community, Postmodern, Reconstructive, Whitehead, Organism, Personalism, Ecology
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.199-206.
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Dr Geoffrey B. Frasz is currently a Community College Professor of Philosophy at the Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr Frasz did his graduate studies in environmental philosophy at the University of Georgia. In 1986 Dr Frasz was the second person to receive a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Ethics from the UGA Environmental Ethics Graduate Certificate Program with a paper titled "Must Environmental Ethics Necessarily Be Nonanthropocentric?"; received a M. A. Degree in Philosophy from UGA with a Masters Thesis titled Intrinsic Value in Environmental Ethics; and a Ph. D. in Philosophy from UGA,1995 with a dissertation titled The Concept of Community. Since then he has continued to write and present papers and articles in environmental philosophy. In 2001 he received an award to attend an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Environmental Ethics: Alaska as a Case Study" at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Dr Frasz's research area is in environmental ethics. He has been instrumental in the development and defense of Environmental Virtue Ethics (EVE), which involves combining the insights of contemporary virtue ethics theory with environmental philosophy. His published works include "Environmental Virtue Ethics: A New Direction for the Field", in Environmental Ethics, Vol. 15, #3, 1993; "What is Environmental Virtue Ethics that We Should Be Mindful Of It?" in Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2001; and "Benevolence as an Environmental Virtue", published in the anthology Environmental Virtue Ethics,(2004). Dr Frasz has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at community colleges, small liberal arts colleges and universities. He has taught environmental ethics for many years along with biomedical ethics, as well as the traditional philosophy courses. He is also involved in teaching philosophy courses online.
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