Dr. Nicolas Delon

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies


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Ph.D, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
MA, BA: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

Professor Delon works primarily in animal ethics and environmental ethics. His research interests also include metaethics, psychology, social, political, and legal philosophy, and Nietzsche.

Recent Courses

Philosophy of Mind
Food, Animals, and the Environment
Environmental Ethics
Climate Change: Philosophy, Politics, Economics
The Good Life

Recent News

New College Professor Discusses Our Relationship with Animals

Selected Publications

Delon, N (2022) Strangers to ourselves: a Nietzschean challenge to the badness of suffering. Inquiry, DOI: 10.1080/0020174X.2021.2018357

Delon, N (2020) Pervasive Captivity and Urban Wildlife. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 23:2, 123-143, DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2020.1848173

Delon N, Purves D (2018), Wild animal suffering is intractable. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, 31(2): 239-260, DOI: 10.1007/s10806-018-9722-y

Purves D, Delon N (2018), Meaning in the lives of humans and other animals. Philosophical Studies, 175(2): 317-338, DOI: 10.1007/s11098-017-0869-6

Delon N (2016) The Replaceability Argument in the Ethics of Animal Husbandry. In: Thompson P., Kaplan D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics. Springer, Dordrecht. DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_512-1

Delon, N (2014), Moral Status, Final Value, and Extrinsic Properties. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 114(3): 371-379. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9264.2014.00379.x