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Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is also the Director of the Program on Ethics.

Steve specializes in ethics, political philosophy and environmental ethics. He also has interests in ancient philosophy, bioethics, and the philosophy of economics.  His current research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), on future generations, and on virtue ethics.

Steve received his PhD. in Philosophy from Cornell University, with a dissertation on Aristotelian virtue ethics supervised by Terence Irwin.  He also has an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.  He has held visiting fellowships at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Oxford University, Princeton University, the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), the University of Melbourne, the University of Reading, and the University of Sydney.

In 2020-21, he presented the Academy Lecture for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Norway), and will give the Alan Saunders Lecture in Public Ethics at the Australasian Association for Philosophy (Australia), which will be broadcast nationally by Australian Public Radio.