Kelly Parker

Professor of Philosophy and Director, Environmental Studies Program

Office: B3-200 Mackinac Hall: Allendale Campus 

Phone: (616) 331-3257


Fax: (616) 331-2601


Kelly Parker

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" (in Environmental 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).


Recommended Links

The Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

The Josiah Royce Society

The Peirce Edition Project

The International Society for Environmental Ethics

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