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David FrankDavid Frank

Department of Philosophy
2312 Dunford Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0480

Phone: 865-974-
Email: dfrank4@utk.edu

Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, 2012

My research explores the intersections of environmental ethics and philosophy of science. I am particularly interested in conceptual and ethical questions that arise in value-laden, policy-relevant environmental sciences like conservation biology and climate science. I have also worked on topics in philosophy of economics and philosophy of psychiatry.

Recent, representative publications

  • “Making Uncertainties Explicit: the Jeffreyan Value-Free Ideal and its Limits.” Forthcoming in Exploring Inductive Risk.
  • "'Biodiversity' and Biological Diversities: Consequences of Pluralism Between Biology and Policy." Forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Biodiversity.
  • “On Joseph Spengler’s ‘Have Values a Place in Economics?’” Ethics 2015.
  • "Biodiversity, Conservation Biology, and Rational Choice." Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2014.
  • "Conservation Goals and Species Preservation: Uncertainty and Multiple Values." (Open peer commentary.) Ethics, Policy and Environment 2013.
  • "Asymmetrical Contributions to the Tragedy of the Commons and Some Implications for Conservation." Sustainability 2013. With Jennifer Jacquet and Christopher Schlottman.
  • "Assessing Efficacy of 'Neuroenhancing' Drugs: Normative Problems in Empirical Controversies." In Designer Biology: The Ethics of Intensively Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems. 2013.
  • "Conservation Biology: Ethical Foundations." Nature Education Knowledge 2012. With Sahotra Sarkar.
  • "Neuroeconomic reductionism at work? A review of Paul W. Glimcher's Foundations of Neuroeconomic Analysis." Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 2011.
  • "Group Decisions in Biodiversity Conservation: Implications from Game Theory." PLoS ONE 2010. With Sahotra Sarkar.
  • "Chagas Disease Risk in Texas." PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2010. With Sahotra Sarkar, Stavana Strutz, Chissa Rivaldi, Blake Sissel, and Victor Sanchez-Cordero.

Recent Representative Presentations

  • “Ethics of the Scientist qua Policy Advisor: Catastrophe and Inductive Risk in Climate Economics.”
    March 2016, Climate Ethics and Economics Workshop, Duke University.
  • "Inductive Risk and Higher Order Uncertainty."
    August 2015, UNC Chapel Hill.
  • "Biodiversity Value from Theory to Practice."
    July 2015, International Society for Environmental Ethics, Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany.
  • "Pragmatic Encroachment and Objectivity in Forensic Psychiatry."
    May 2015, Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry.
  • "From 'War Amongst Ecologists' to Uneasy Consensus: Science-Policy Interactions in the Biodiversity-Ecosystem Function Debate."
    August 2015, Ecological Society of America.
    January 2014, University of Tennessee, Philosophy of Conservation Biology graduate seminar.
    October 2013, NYU History of Science Working Group.

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