Paul B. Thompson

Paul B. Thompson

Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
B.A., Emory University

Professor & W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

368 Farm Ln., Rm 526
South Kedzie Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

517 432 8345, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Professor Thompson is appointed in the tenure system.

Paul Thompson came to Michigan State in 2003 to assume a position in the Philosophy Department, with partial appointments in the Agricultural Economics and Resource Development Departments. Previously he held positions as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director, Center for Food Animal Productivity and Well-Being, at Purdue University, and prior to that positions as Professor of Philosophy and Agricultural Economics and Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy and Ethics, at Texas A&M University.

Professional Interests

  • American pragmatist approaches in practical ethics
  • Environmental ethics
  • Risks and ethics of agricultural and food biotechnology
  • Science policy
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Philosophy of economics

Selected Publications

Thompson, Paul B. (Ed.). 2008. The Ethics of Intensification: Agricultural Development and Cultural Change. Dordrecht: Springer.

Thompson, Paul B., Callicott, J, Frodeman, R, Davion, Victoria, Norton, Bryan, Palmer, Claire (Eds.). 2008. Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale-Cengage Learning.

David, Kenneth, Thompson, Paul B. (Eds.). 2008. What Can Nanotechnology Learn from Biotechnology? Social and Ethical Lessons for Nanoscience from the Debate over Agrifood Biotechnology and GMOs. Burlington, MA: Academic Press.

Thompson, Paul B. 2008. Agrarian Philosophy and Ecological Ethics. Science and Engineering Ethics 14 pg. 527-544.

*Thompson, Paul B. 2008. Animal Biotechnology: How Not to Presume. The American Journal of Bioethics 8 (6): pg. 49-50.

*Thompson, Paul B. 2008. Borgmann on Commodification: A Comment on Real American Ethics. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 pg. 75-84.

*Thompson, Paul B. 2008. Current Ethical Issues in Animal Biotechnology. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 20 pg. 67-73.

*Thompson, Paul B., Hannah, W. 2008. Nanotechnology, Risk and the Environment: A Review. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 10 pg. 291-300.

*Thompson, Paul B. 2008. The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: A First Look. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 pg. 183-198.

*Thompson, Paul B. 2008. The Opposite of Human Enhancement: Nanotechnology and the Blind Chicken Problem. NanoEthics 2 pg. 305-316.

Thompson, P. B. “The Environmental Ethics Case for Crop Biotechnology: Putting Science Back into Environmental Practice,” in Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice. A. Light and A. de-Shalit, Eds. Cambridge, MA: 2003, The MIT Press, pp. 187-217.

Thompson, P. B. “Value Judgments and Risk Comparisons: The Case of Genetically Engineered Crops,” Plant Physiology 132(2003): 10-16.

Thompson, P. B. 1995. The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics. New York and London: Routledge Publishing Co.

Funded Research Projects

  • Ethics and Agricultural Intensification: Contract with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.