Jeremy Sorgen Religious Studies

Jeremy Makoto Sorgen

Doctoral Student


  • 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.


Environmental Ethics

Philosophical and Religious Ethics

American Pragmatism


Interpretive Methods