About Robin Attfield

I studied Philosophy, Classics and Ancient History at Christ Church, Oxford and Theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford, I also undertook research at Manchester University, and began lecturing in Philosophy at Cardiff in January 1968, retiring in 2009. I have also taught in Nigeria (1972-3) and in Kenya (1975). I completed my PhD in 1972, and since 1992, I have been a Professor in Philosophy. In 1999, I was awarded a National Research Fellowship (South Africa) and I addressed three universities there.

I was awarded a D.Litt. by Cardiff University in 2008 for my contributions to environmental philosophy.

I am a former member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and used to be a co-opted member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association. Until recently, I was chair of the Cardiff Branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and I have participated in a UNESCO international working party on Environmental Ethics. From 1984 to 1989, I served on the interdisciplinary Environmental Ethics Working Party of the Ian Ramsey Centre, St Cross College, Oxford, whose report I co-edited.

I am now an Emeritus Professor of both the School of English, Communication and Philosophy and also of the Institute for Sustainable Places.

I am currently chair of the Cardiff and District Branch of the United Nations Association.  My wife Leela and I are long-standing Members of the Religious Society of Friends Quakers

Book Reviews of the Very Short Introduction

I am married to Leela Dutt and we have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Zara, whose picture now appears on the Gallery of this website.

My latest book, ‘Environmental Ethics: a Very Short Introduction’, was published by Oxford University Press in December 2018. This is a succinct, illustrated and reader-friendly introductory book, on sale at £7.99.

My previous book, ‘Wonder, Value and God’, is published by Routledge with a copyright date of 2017. This book bestrides environmental ethics, philosophy of religion and theories of creativity.


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Research interests:

My research concerns ethics, philosophy of religion, history of ideas and environmental philosophy.

Research interests:

  • Environmental Philosophy (Most Branches)

  • Ethics (Including History of Ethics and Applied Ethics)

  • History of Ideas (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; Also Ancient Philosophy)

  • Philosophy of Religion (Religious Language, Theistic Arguments and Panentheism)

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