The Consortium for Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering

David Frank

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Philosophy and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Tennessee, Knoxville


David M. Frank (Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin) is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research and teaching explore the intersections of environmental ethics and philosophy of science. He is particularly interested in conceptual and ethical questions that arise in value-laden, policy-relevant environmental sciences like conservation biology and climate science. He has also worked on topics in philosophy of economics and philosophy of psychiatry.

Representative Publications

“Making Uncertainties Explicit: the Jeffreyan Value-Free Ideal and its Limits.” In press, in Exploring Inductive Risk, eds. Kevin Elliott and Ted Richards. Oxford University Press.
“’Biodiversity’ and Biological Diversities: Consequences of Pluralism Between Biology and Policy.” 2016, in Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Biodiversity, eds. Justin Garson, Anya Plutynski, and Sahotra Sarkar. Routledge.
“On Joseph Spengler’s ‘Have Values a Place in Economics?’” Ethics 125, 2, 559-561, 2015.