Associate Professor of Philosophy
Professor Cooper joined the Department of Philosophy in 1999 as an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. He also serves as Director of W&L's Society and the Professions Program in Ethics, as well as Director of the University Scholars Program.
Professor Cooper's primary research interests are in normative ethics and ethics of the professions, as well as philopophy of ecology and enviornmental policy. His publications have focused mainly on enviornmental ethics and the ethics of its relatied professions.
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Minnesota
B.A. Philosophy, University of Wisconsin
Professional and Normative Ethics, Public Policy, Philosophy of Science (esp. Ecology)
The Science of the Struggle for Existence: On the Foundations of Ecology. Cambridge University Press, 2003
Philosophical Issues in Ecological Ethics. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz State National University Center for Graduate Study, 1999 (in Russian)
- “Integrity and Zeal”, in Dare, Tim, and W. Bradley Wendel, eds., Legal Ethics and Personal Integrity, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (forthcoming)
- “Hypothetical Preferences and Environmental Policy,” in Alberini, Anna, and James R.
- Kahn, eds., Handbook on Contingent Valuation, Edward Elgar, 2006, p. 116-132.
- “Ecosystem Management, Environmental Values, and Lake Issyk Kul”, in Klerkx, Jan, ed., Lake Issyk Kul: Its Natural Environment, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002, p. 269-81
- “Aldo Leopold and the Values of the Native”, in Vitek, William, and Wes Jackson, eds.,
- Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place, Yale University Press, 1996, p. 150-162
- “Issues in Teaching Ethics to Undergraduates”, Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly 22 (2002), p. 55-56 (co-authored with D. Elms and J. Stewart)
- “Must There Be a Balance of Nature?”, Biology and Philosophy 16 (2001), p. 481-516
- “Teleology and Environmental Ethics”, American Philosophical Quarterly 35 (1998), p. 195-207
- “Generalizations in Ecology: A Philosophical Taxonomy”, Biology and Philosophy 13 (1998), p. 555-586
- “Theoretical Modeling and Biological Laws”, in Darden, L., ed., Proceedings of the 1996 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Supplement to Philosophy of Science, Vol. 63 (1996), p. 28-35
- “Towards a Genuine Dialogue Between Ecology and Philosophy of Science”, review essay in Ecology 76 (1996), p. 974-977
- “Sober on Brandon on Screening-off and the Levels of Selection”, Philosophy of Science 61 (1994), p. 475-486, co-authored with Robert Brandon (principal author), Janis Antonovics, Richard Burian, Scott Carson, Paul Sheldon Davies, Christopher Horvath, Brent D. Mishler, Robert C. Richardson, Kelly Smith, and Peter Thrall
- “The Competition Controversy in Community Ecology”, Biology and Philosophy 8 (1993), p. 359-384
- “The Explanatory Tools of Theoretical Population Biology”, Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Vol. 1 (1990), p. 165-178
- “Fitness and Explanation”, Proceedings of the 1988 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Vol. 1 (1988), p. 207-215
- “Philosophy of Ecology”, in Callicott, J. Baird, and Robert Frodeman, eds., Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethic and Philosophy, Macmillan (forthcoming)
- “Community Ecology”, in Callicott, J. Baird, and Robert Frodeman, eds., Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethic and Philosophy, Macmillan (forthcoming)
- “Ecology”, Callicott, J. Baird, and Robert Frodeman, eds., Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethic and Philosophy, Macmillan (forthcoming)