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Ralph R. Acampora

Associate Professor of Philosophy


PHD, 1996, Emory Univ; MA, 1992, Emory Univ; BA, 1988, CUNY Queens Coll; MA, 1988, CUNY Gr Sch & Univ Cnt


(Environmental Philosophy, Bioethics, History of Modern Philosophy, Animal Studies). B.A., M.A., 1988, CUNY; M.A., 1992/ Ph.D., 1996, Emory.

Ralph R. Acampora, Associate Professor of Philosophy, teaches in the areas of applied ethics and history of (esp. modern) philosophy. He conducts research in the fields of environmental philosophy, bioethics, and animal studies. After earning a B.A./M.A. at CUNY, Acampora gained his doctorate at Emory University (writing a dissertation on inter-species ethics and phenomenology of body). He has authored Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006:, co-edited A Nietzschean Bestiary (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), has published work in a variety of books and journals, referees for Environmental Ethics and for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies, and is a member of the editorial board for Society & Animals as well as Humanimalia". Recent interests of his include the hermeneutics of spectatorship at zoos, moral issues pertaining to the built, including biotechnical environment, and the ontological status of nature.

Teaching Interests

Applied Ethics & Practical Philosophy, inc. environmental and technological History of philosophy (esp. later modernity)

Research Interests

Inter-Species Morality, inc. biopolitics Animal Studies (esp. ontological issues) Ecophilosophy (esp. built/urban environment)

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
PHI 010 (HP) INTRO TO PHILOSOPHY Undergraduate
PHI 014 (HP) INTRO TO ETHICS I Undergraduate
PHI 091 TECH & HUMAN VALUES Undergraduate
TPP 112 TECH & HUMAN VALUES Undergraduate
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