Steve Vogel

Steve Vogel

Professor Emeritus
Position Type

Steve Vogel, who holds an A.B. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Boston University, has been a member of the Philosophy Department at Denison since 1984. He teaches courses in continental philosophy, nineteenth-century philosophy, environmental ethics, social and political philosophy, and logic. He has special research interests in environmental philosophy, in the work of Jürgen Habermas and of the Frankfurt School, and in Marxism, Hegel, and Heidegger. He is the author of Thinking Like a Mall: Environmental Philosophy After the End of Nature (MIT Press, 2015) and Against Nature: The Concept of Nature in Critical Theory, (SUNY Press, 1996) and has also published articles in Environmental Ethics, Environmental Values, Philosophy Today, Rethinking Marxism, Social Theory and Practice, Tikkun, Dissent, and elsewhere. In 2003 he was awarded the Charles A. Brickman Award for Teaching Excellence at Denison.

B.A., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University



Selected Publications

  • THINKING LIKE A MALL: Environmental Philosophy after the End of Nature, published by MIT in 2015.
  • On Nature and Alienation (in Andrew Biro, ed., Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises, 2011)
  • Why ‘Nature’ Has No Place in Environmental Philosophy (in Gregory E. Kaebnick, ed., The Ideal of Nature: Debates about Biotechnology and the Environment, 2011)
  • Review of Thomas Heyd (ed), Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature: Theory and Practice (Human Ecology, 2007)
  • The Silence of Nature (Environmental Values, 2006)
  • The Nature of Artifacts (Environmental Ethics, 2003)
  • Nature as Origin and Difference (Philosophy Today, 1999)
  • Environmental Philosophy After the End of Nature (Environmental Ethics, 2002)
  • Grades and Money (Dissent, 1997)


Honors & Awards

Chair of the Faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year


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