Jeremy Makoto Sorgen
- University of Virginia, PhD Religious Studies, anticipated May 2020
- Graduate Theological Union, MA Ethics and Social Theory, 2015
- New York University, BA Metropolitan Studies and Philosophy, 2008
"Reconstructing Environmental Ethics: Pragmatic Methods and Public Values"
Advisor: Willis Jenkins
This dissertation reconstructs methods in environmental ethics. It uses John Dewey to develop a "semiotics of habit" that works to transform public values in democratic contexts. I argue that the private and foundationalist deontic methods of moral philosophy require reconstruction to make ethics more suitable for public use. I then test the public use of this semiotics through a case study in climate adaptation.
Philosophical and Religious Ethics