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Joel MacClellan

Assistant Professor

Joel MacClellan
Joel MacClellan

After completing his B.A. in philosophy at the University of Akron, Joel MacClellan was a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama working in environmental education and sustainable development. He completed his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Tennessee. Joel was a scholar-in-residence at Wesleyan University in 2013 as the New York University Animal Studies Initiative’s Animal Ethics and Public Policy Fellow. He held visiting assistant professorships at Washington State University and Binghamton University, SUNY, before coming to Loyola. His main areas of research are applied ethics, especially environmental ethics, and the philosophy of science.





Recent Publications

“Ethical Extensionism Defended”, Between the Species, forthcoming.

“Is Biocentrism Dead? Two Live Problems for Life-Centered Ethics,” Journal of Value Inquiry, ­­­­2023.

“Another Dam Controversy: The Case of the Cuyahoga from World’s Most Toxic River to EPA Posterchild”, Environmental Ethics in the Midwest: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Ian Smith and Matthew Ferkany (eds.), Michigan State University Press, 2022, pp. 167-202.

“More Ethics Than Politics, More Animals Than Species,” Humanimalia 8(1), 2016 (a review-essay of Raymond Corbey and Annette Lanjouw (eds.), The Politics of Species: Reshaping our Relationships with Other Animals, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 120-130.


Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Classes Taught

Philosophy of the Human Person


Making Moral Decisions

Medical Ethics

Environmental Ethics

Environmental Philosophy

Philosophy of Science

History of Modern Philosophy

Senior Seminars: Climate Justice, Animal Rights Theory

Honors Seminars: Food Ethics, Bioethics for the Long Haul, Philosophy of Biology, Sustainability & Intergenerational Justice

Areas of Expertise

Applied Ethics

Philosophy of Science