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David Baumeister
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I am an assistant professor of philosophy at Seton Hill University. At SHU, I chair the liberal arts curriculum committee and co-coordinate the environmental studies program. I have previously held teaching appointments at the University of Colorado, Pacific University, and the University of Oregon. I hold a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oregon.

I teach a range of courses in philosophy, ethics, and environmental studies. Recent examples include Existentialism, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Biomedical Ethics, Logic and Argument, and Topics in Ethics: Black Lives Matter.

My research focuses on the history of philosophy (especially Kant and post-Kantian continental philosophy), environmental philosophy (especially the human/animal relationship), decolonial thought, and issues of race, gender, and political violence.

You can view some of my publications here.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), 2016
  • M.A., Philosophy, The New School for Social Research (New York, NY), 2009
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado (Denver, CO), 2006


  • Forthcoming. Kant on the Human Animal: Anthropology, Ethics, Race. Northwestern University Press.
  • Forthcoming. "Black Animality from Kant to Fanon." Theory & Event.
  • 2020. “Animality in Kant’s Theory of Human Nature.” In Kant and Animals. Edited by Lucy Allais and John J. Callanan. 105–122. Oxford University Press.
  • 2020. “Predatory Masculinity and Domestic Violence in Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter." In Philosophy, Film, and the Dark Side of Interdependence. Edited by Jonathan Beever. 29–42. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • 2019. "Kant, Chakrabarty, and the Crises of the Anthropocene." Environmental Ethics 41.1: 53–67.
  • 2019. “The Human/Animal Logic of Sovereignty: Derrida on Robinson Crusoe.” Environmental Philosophy 16.1: 161–180.
  • 2018. “Hunting for Justice: An Indigenous Critique of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.” Environment and Society 9: 75–90. (Co-authored with Lauren Eichler).
  • 2018. “Physical Education in Kant’s Lectures on Pedagogy.” In Natur und Freiheit: Akten des XII. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, 2523–2530. Edited by Violetta L. Waibel and Margit Ruffing. Walter de Gruyter.
  • 2017. “Social Conceptions of Moral Agency in Hegel and Sellars.” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 25.2: 249–265.
  • 2017. “Derrida on Carnophallogocentrism and the Primal Parricide.” Derrida Today 10.1: 51–66.
  • 2015. Book review of Brian Massumi, What Animals Teach Us About Politics. Contemporary Political Theory 14.4: e25–e27.
  • 2014. “Ecological Political Theory and Ontological Connection.” Reply to Rebecca Aili Ploof’s “Realizing Humanity through Animality: An Interpretation of Nature and Artifice in Leviathan.” American Dialectic 4.2: 147–149.
  • 2014. “Rationality, Animality, and Human Nature: Reconsidering Kant’s View of the Human/Animal Relation.” Konturen 7: 62–76.
  • 2014. “From Philosophy of Race to Antiracist Politics: On Rorty’s Approach to Race and Racism.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 21.2: 52–60.


  • American Philosophical Association
  • International Association for Environmental Philosophy
  • North American Kant Society
  • philoSOPHIA: A Society for Continental Feminism
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy