Research Archive

Steve Vanderheiden


Confronting Risks: Regulatory Responsibility and Nuclear Energy,” Environmental Politics 20, no. 5 (September 2011): 650-667.

Globalizing Responsibility for Climate Change,” Ethics and International Affairs 25, no 1 (Spring 2011): 65-84.

“Ethically Responsible Leisure? Promoting Social and Environmental Justice through Ecotourism” (with M. Sisson), Environmental Philosophy 7, no. 2 (2010): 1-15.

Distinguishing Mitigation and Adaptation,” Ethics, Place and Environment 12, no. 3 (October 2009): 283-86.

Allocating Ecological Space,” Journal of Social Philosophy 40, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 257-75.

Radical Environmentalism in an Age of Antiterrorism,” Environmental Politics 17, no. 2 (April 2008): 299-318.

Two Conceptions of Sustainability,” Political Studies 56, no. 2 (June 2008): 435-55.

Climate Change and the Challenge of Moral Responsibility,” Journal of Philosophical Research (2007 special issue on “Ethics and the Life Sciences,” ed. by Fred Adams): 85-92.

Conservation, Foresight, and the Future Generations Problem,” Inquiry 49, no. 4 (August 2006): 337-52.

Two Shades of Green: Food and Environmental Sustainability,” Environmental Ethics 28, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 129-45.

Assessing the Case against the SUV,” Environmental Politics 15, no. 1 (February 2006): 23-40.

Eco-Terrorism or Justified Resistance? Radical Environmentalism and the ‘War on Terror’,” Politics & Society 33, no. 3 (September 2005): 425-47.

Missing the Forest for the Trees: Justice and Environmental Economics,” Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8, no. 1 (March 2005): 51-69.

Knowledge, Uncertainty, and Responsibility: Responding to Climate Change,” Public Affairs Quarterly 18 (April 2004): 141-58.

Justice in the Greenhouse: Climate Change and the Idea of Fairness,” Social Philosophy Today vol. 19 (2004): 89-101.

Rousseau, Cronon, and the Wilderness Idea,” Environmental Ethics 24, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 169-88.

Habitat Conservation Plans and the Promise of Deliberative Democracy,” Public Integrity 3, no. 3 (Summer 2001): 205-20.

Why the State Should Stay Out of the Wedding Chapel,” Public Affairs Quarterly 13 (April 1999): 175-89.


Book chapters:

“Introduction: Environmental Rights,” in Environmental Rights, for International Library of Essays on Rights series, ed. by S. Vanderheiden (Ashgate, 2012).

“Leadership, Moral Authority, and Global Climate Change,” in Leadership and Global Justice, ed. by D. Hicks and T. Williamson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

“Climate Justice as Globalized Responsibility,” in Ethics and Global Environmental Policy: Cosmopolitan Conceptions of Climate Change, ed. by Paul Harris (Edward Elgar, 2011).

“Climate Change and Collective Responsibility,” in Compatibilist Responsibility: Beyond Free Will and Determinism, ed. by N. Vincent, I. van de Pol and J. van den Hoven (Springer, 2011).

“Environmental Theories,” in Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice, ed. by J. Butts and K. Rich (Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett, 2011).

“Climate Change and Intergenerational Responsibility,” in Moral Ground, ed. by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Nelson (San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2010).

“Introduction,” in Political Theory and Global Climate Change, ed. by S. Vanderheiden (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008).

“Climate Change, Environmental Rights, and Emissions Shares,” in Political Theory and Global Climate Change (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008).

“America (The Book): Textbook Parody and Democratic Theory,” in The Daily Show and Philosophy, ed. by Jason Holt (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007).


Miscellaneous publications:

The Politics of Energy: An Introduction,” Environmental Politics 20, no. 5 (September 2011): 607-16.

Ethics Beats Self-interest in Carbon Tax Debate” (800 word invited Op-Ed), The Conversation, 23 March 2011, online at

Rethinking Environmentalism: Beyond Doom and Gloom” (2700 word review essay on Princen, Treading Softly; Wapner, Living Through the End of Nature, and Schor, Plentitude), Global Environmental Politics 11, no. 1 (2011): 108-113.

“Inculcating an Ethic of Responsibility for Climate Change” (2000 words), Public Issues Forum proceedings, University of Toronto Centre for Ethics (2010).

Climate Change and Cosmopolitan Citizenship,” People and Place (online journal), vol. 1, issue 2 (April 2009), online at

“Consumer Ethics and Consumption” (3000 words), entry in Green Ethics and Philosophy, ed. by Julie Newman (Sage Reference Series on Green Society: Toward a Sustainable Future, 2011), pp. 88-93.

“Climate Change,” and “Obligation to Future Generations,” and “Environmental Racism” (1000 words each), entries in the Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. by Deen K. Chatterjee, Springer (2010).


Book reviews:

Review of Stephen Gardiner’s A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change, for Environmental Ethics (2011).

Review of George Kateb’s Human Dignity, for Contemporary Political Theory (2011).

Review of R. HiskesThe Human Right to a Green Future and Posner and Weisbach’s Climate Change Justice, in Perspectives on Politics 9, no. 1 (2011): 133-35.

Review of James Gustave Speth’s The Bridge at the End of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability, in Global Environmental Politics 9, no. 3 (August 2009): 143-45.

Review of Peter Dauvergne’s The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment, in Perspectives on Politics 7, no. 1 (March 2009): 223-24.

Review of Peter Oosterveer’s Global Governance of Food Production and Consumption: Issues and Challenges, in Global Environmental Politics 8, no. 3 (August 2008): 161-63.

Review of Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences, ed. by N. Heynen, J. McCarthy, S. Prudham, and P. Robbins, in Environmental Ethics 31, no. 1 (Spring 2009).

Review of Steven Cohen’s Understanding Environmental Policy, in Environmental Ethics 29, no. 4 (Winter 2007): 443-44.

Review of A Political Space: Reading the Global through Clayoquot Sound, ed. by Warren Magnusson and Karena Shaw, in Perspectives on Politics 2, no. 2 (March 2004): 205-6.

Review of Peter Singer’s One World: The Ethics of Globalization, in Environmental Ethics 26, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 209-12.

Review of Louis Pojman’s Moral Philosophy: A Reader, in Teaching Philosophy 26, no. 3 (September 2003): 313-15.


Short book reviews:

Review of Dustin E. HowesToward a Credible Pacifism: Violence and the Possibilities of Politics, in Choice (forthcoming).

Review of David Lewis Schaefer’s Illiberal Justice: John Rawls vs. The American Political Tradition, in Choice (September 2007).

Review of Donald Liddick’s Eco-terrorism: Radical Environmental and Animal Liberation Movements, in Choice (April 2007).

Review of Alan Dershowitz’s Rights From Wrongs: A Secular Theory of the Origins of Rights, in Choice 42 (September 2005).

Review of Robyn Eckersley’s The Green State: Rethinking Democracy and Sovereignty, in Choice 42, issue 6 (February 2005): 1093.

Review of From Liberal Values to Democratic Transition, ed. by Ronald Dworkin, in Choice 41, issue 11/12 (July 2004): 2124.

Review of Human Nature and Public Policy: An Evolutionary Approach, ed. by Somit and Peterson, in Choice 41, issue 8 (April 2004): 1542.

Review of Joel Kassiola’s Explorations in Environmental Political Theory, in Choice 40, issue (July/August 2003): 1980.

Review of Meir Dan-Cohen’s Harmful Thoughts: Essays on Law, Self, and Morality, in Choice 40, issue (January 2003): 902.

Review of Charles W. Anderson’s A Deeper Freedom: Liberal Democracy as an Everyday Morality, in Choice 39, issue (December 2002): 707.