Taliesin Anthony Weston's writings




Back to Earth: Tomorrow's Environmentalism (Temple University Press, 1994).

        An attempt to recover the experience of life among other-than-human beings and within nature that grounds our

        ethical engagement with them.

An Invitation to Environmental Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 1999).
        With essays by David Abram, Val Plumwood, Holmes Rolston III, and Jim Cheney. The Preface and "Going On"

        sections as well a companion essay are by me.

The Incompleat Eco-Philosopher: Essays on the Edges of Environmental Ethics (State University of New York Press, 2009).
        A collection of some of my key essays in the field from the professional literature.

And now this one! Mobilizing the Green Imagination: An Exuberant Manifesto (New Society Publishers, 2012).

Critical Thinking

A Rulebook for Arguments (Hackett Publishing Company, 1986; 4th edition, 2009) now in its 4th edition and translated into ten languages: this critical-thinking handbook is my best known book.

A Workbook for Arguments, co-authored with David Morrow (Hackett Publishing Company, 2011).

       Textbook expansion of Rulebook.

Creativity for Critical Thinkers (Oxford University Press, 2007).


Toward Better Problems (Temple University Press, 1992).
       A systematic attempt at Deweyan reconstruction in contemporary ethics.

A Practical Companion To Ethics (Oxford University Press, 1997; 4th edition, 2011).

        A short guide to "the basic attitudes and skills that make ethics work".

A 21st Century Ethical Toolbox (Oxford University Press, 2001; 3rd edition, 2012).

        A full-scale textbook for ethics in a pragmatic key.

Creative Problem-Solving in Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2007).


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Social philosophy

Jobs for Philosophers (Xlibris, 2004).
       A collection of reviews of books on themes such as reinventing the culture, the natural history of values,

       and de-anthropocentrizing the world. This is the closest to a general methodological self-accounting that I have

       yet offered, but it is also only for certain very free spirits, I'm afraid. For one thing because these books actually

      dont exist (except for the book reviewed first which is Jobs for Philosophers itself). The title is a play on the

      American Philosophical Association's newsletter for academic positions in philosophy. Not surprisingly, this is a  

      self-published book.

How to Re-Imagine the World: A Pocket Handbook for Practical Visionaries (New Society Publishers, 2007).
       The subtitle is exact.

Selected Essays

        I have written a number of essays and reviews in the above fields as well as others such as philosophy of

        education and the philosophy of space exploration. Some of the more noted and often-reprinted of these are

        listed below (original appearances only are cited, though if there is a hyperlink it may be to a reprint or archived


"Beyond Intrinsic Value: Pragmatism in Environmental Ethics", Environmental Ethics 7:4 (1985): 321-339.

"Forms of Gaian Ethics", Environmental Ethics 9:3 (1987): 121-134.

"Radio Astronomy as Epistemology: Some Philosophical Reflections on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence", Monist 71:1 (1988): 88-100.



       This is a less surprising theme in my work than it may seem, given our interest in other-than-human "contact"

        right here on Earth; it also emerges in my recent teaching and in the last chapters of both The Incompleat

        Ecophilosopher and Mobilizing the Green Imagination.

"Uncovering the 'Hidden Curriculum': A Laboratory Course in Philosophy of Education", APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 90:2 (Winter 1991): 36-40.

A Liberatory/Laboratory Course in Philosophy of Education, Resource Paper Series, National Society for Experiential Education, 1992.

"Non-anthropocentrism in a Thoroughly Anthropocentrized World", The Trumpeter 8:3 (1991): 108-112.

"Before Environmental Ethics", Environmental Ethics 14 (1992): 323-340.

"Self-Validating Reduction: Toward a Theory of the Devaluation of Nature", Environmental Ethics 18 (1996): 115-132.

"Instead of Environmental Education", in Bob Jickling, ed., Proceedings of the Yukon College Symposium on Ethics, Environment, and Education (Whitehorse, Y.T.: Yukon College, 1996).

"Risking Philosophy of Education", Metaphilosophy 29 (1998): 145-158.

"Environmental Ethics as Environmental Etiquette: Toward an Ethics-Based Epistemology in Environmental Philosophy" (with Jim Cheney), Environmental Ethics 21 (1999): 115-134.


"Multi-Centrism: A Manifesto", Environmental Ethics 26 (2004): 25-40.