Professor of Philosophy and
Director, Environmental Studies Program
B3-200 Mackinac Hall
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
B-3 200 Mackinac Hall
Tel.: (616) 331-3257
Fax: (616) 331-2601
Kelly Parker earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. He also holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Texas A&M University.
His main interests are American philosophy and environmental philosophy. He is the author of The Continuity of Peirce's Thought (Vanderbilt University Press, 1998). Other publications include: "Pragmatism and Environmental Thought" (inEnvironmental Pragmatism, A. Light and E. Katz, eds., Routledge Press, 1996), "Josiah Royce on The Spirit of the Community and the Nature of Philosophy" (Journal of Speculative Philosophy, 2000), and "Normative Judgment in Jazz" (in The Normative Thought of Charles S. Peirce, Fordham University Press, 2012). He is co-editor of the books Teaching Sustainability / Teaching Sustainability (Stylus Press, 2012) and Josiah Royce for the Twenty-First Century (Lexington, 2012). He is currently developing a textbook and course on the Philosophy of Sustainability.
In the Fall semester he typically teaches PHI 220: Aesthetics, in conjunction with ArtPrize, in downtown Grand Rapids. In Winter he typically teaches LIB 100: Introduction to Liberal Education and ENS 401: Environmental Problem Solving (ENS Capstone).