David Macauley

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Associate Professor, Philosophy
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Main Building, 212C
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063

David Macauley received his B.A. in Philosophy and Government from The College of William and Mary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. Dr. Macauley has published articles and presented papers on environmental issues, political theory, ethics, aesthetics, film criticism, ancient Greek thought and philosophy of technology. He is at present writing a book on human walking as it relates to the body, perception, power, geography, wilderness and the urban landscape.

Dr. Macauley’s students are regularly engaged in class projects related to improving the local environment, assessing the impacts of technology and exploring ethical controversies, and some of them have presented their work at undergraduate conferences. For example, his students have organized Earth Day celebrations on campus, worked to reduce waste in the cafeteria and created art out of trash. In addition to advising the Philosophy Club, Dr. Macauley has run a Philosophy Café in Philadelphia where community members discuss philosophical issues ranging from the nature of beauty to the meanings of death, and he is currently working to “green” the Brandywine campus by helping to establish an arboretum on the grounds, organize environmental events, and host speakers on global climate change.

Media inquiries on environmental issues, ethics, political thought and any area related to philosophy are welcome.


Recent Publications


Walking: Philosophical and Environmental Foot Notes (Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press, forthcoming 2022).

The Seasons: Philosophical, Literary, and Environmental Perspectives (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2021). http://www.sunypress.edu/p-7133-the-seasons.aspx

Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2010). http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5020-elemental-philosophy.aspx

Minding Nature: The Philosophers of Ecology (NY: Guilford Press, 1996). https://www.amazon.com/Minding-Nature-Philosophers-Ecology-Democracy/dp/1572300590

Selected Articles:

“Home on the Road: Pilgrimage, Place, and Peripatetics” in John Murungi and Linda Ardito, eds., Home: Lived Experiences (Springer Publications, 2021).

“Thinking Through the Seasons,” (co-written with Luke Fischer) in David Macauley and Luke Fischer, Eds., The Seasons: Philosophical, Literary, and Environmental Perspectives (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2021).

“World Alienation and The Search for Home in Arendt’s Philosophy” in Peter Gratton and Yasemin Sari, eds., The Bloomsbury Companion to Hannah Arendt (London, UK: Bloomsbury Press, 2020).

“A Fragmented Sensorium: The Five Senses and Sensual Body in Nietzsche’s Thought” in Sensorial Trajectories, eds., John Murungi and Linda Ardito, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2019).

“The Four Seasons and the Rhythms of Place-based Time,” Environment, Space, Place, Vol. 10, Fall, 2018.

“Elemental Beauty: Walking the Sensuous Surface of the Earth,” in The Elemental Sensuous: Phenomenology and Aesthetics, eds., John Murungi and Linda Ardito, (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

“Head in the Clouds: On the Beauty of the Aerial World,” Environment, Space, Place, 2, 1, Spring, 2010.

“Night and Shadows: The Space and Place of Darkness,” Environment, Space, Place, 1, Fall-Winter, 2009-10.

“Walking the City,” in The Aesthetics of Human Environments, eds., Arnold Berleant and Allen Carlson (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2007).

“The Place of the Elements and the Elements of Place: Aristotelian Contributions to Environmental Thought,” Ethics, Place and Environment: A Journal of Philosophy and Geography, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006.

“The Flowering of Environmental Roots and the Four Elements in Presocratic Philosophy: Empedocles to Deleuze and Guattari,” Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion, December 2005.

“The Domestication of Water: Filtering Nature Through Technology,” Essays in Philosophy, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2005.

“Walking the Urban Environment” in Gary Backhaus and John Murungi, eds. Transformations of Urban and Suburban Landscapes (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002).

“Walking the Elemental Earth: Phenomenological and Literary Foot Notes,” Annalecta Husserliana, Vol. 71, March 2001.

“Walking the City: Peripatetic Practices and Politics” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Vol. 11, No. 4, Dec. 2000.

“On Critical Theory and Nature,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, 9, 3, Sept. 1998.

“Evolution and Revolution: The Ecological Anarchism of Bookchin and Kropotkin” in Social Ecology After Bookchin, Ed. Andrew Light (New York: Guilford Publications, 1998).

“Be-wildering Order: On Finding a Home for Domestication and the Domesticated Other” in The Ecological Community: Environmental Challenges for Philosophy, Politics and Morality, Roger Gottlieb, ed. (New York: Routledge, 1997).

“Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Place” in Minding Nature, ed., David Macauley (New York: Guilford Publications, 1996).