Holmes Rolston, III is a philosopher and an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He is best known for his contributions to environmental ethics and the relationship between science and religion. Among other honors, Rolston won the 2003 Templeton Prize, awarded by Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace. He gave the Gifford Lectures, University of Edinburgh, 1997-1998. These digital collections include his biographical materials, articles, book reviews, lectures, awards, and trails and trips logs.

A digital copy of Dr. Holmes' Senior Scholars oral history interview can be found at https://hdl.handle.net/10217/210895 in the Society of Senior Scholars Oral History Project collection.

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  • 当代中国的环境美学:东西方对话, 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; articles
    You are today out of place, as far as the East is from the West. Although having visited China a half dozen times, I found myself out of place, too much a Westerner to be competent to give an intelligent contribution to ...
  • 科學與宗教:為年輕人寫的簡介 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; books
    This is a Chinese translation of an introduction to science and religion for youth, grades 9-12. The central thesis is that youth can and ought to understand that science and religion are compatible, when appropriately ...
  • Trail log - 2020 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; diaries
    Summary: January: Nashville, TN, and memorial service Robert Crumby; CSU and city shut-down from Coronavirus; April-May: record cold in U.S. Northeast; Comet Neowise; wildfires, Cameron Peak Fire, Pine Gulch Fire.
  • Schlick's Responsible man 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1975
    Format:born digital; articles
    A criticism of the concept of responsibility in the work of Moritz Schlick. The solution, or dissolution, of moral responsibility is not nearly so simple as Schlick has proposed. Upon analysis, his hope of retaining ...
  • Suffering through to something higher 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2012
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    The Darwinian world of "survival of the fittest" is "survival of the better adapted." Over evolutionary time the fight for life deepens into sentience, and sentience into suffering. This forces philosophers and theologians ...
  • Surprisingly neuroplastic human brains: reading, science, philosophy, theology 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; articles
    Human brains, dramatically more complex than anything else in the known universe, are marvelously mutable. Recent neuroscience focuses on how humans create cumulative transmissible cultures which in turn shape mental ...
  • Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene Epoch (Yale University) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020-10-23
    Format:born digital; digital moving image formats
    "Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene Epoch," Rolston Zoom lecture and discussion sponsored by Yale University Center for Environmental Communication, October 23, 2020. Moderated by Tom Murray, Speaker Coordinator. Rolston ...
  • Templeton Prize virtual ceremony 

    Date Issued:2020-09-24
    Format:born digital; photographs
    Templeton Prize Virtual Ceremony held on September 24, 2020, Francis S. Collins laureate (left) and Holmes Rolston 2003 Templeton laureate (right) at the National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, D.C.
  • Critical notice of Three big bangs: matter-energy, life, mind 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book Three Big Bangs: Matter-Energy, Life, Mind.
  • Critical notice of Philosophy gone wild 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book Philosophy Gone Wild.
  • Critical notice in science and religion 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published materials in science and religion.
  • Critical notice of A new environmental ethics: life on Earth in the next millennium, 2nd edition 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book A New Environmental Ethics: Life on Earth in the Next Millennium. Covers both first and second editions.
  • Critical notice of Genes, genesis and God: values and their origins in natural and human history 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book Genes, Genesis and God: Values and Their Origins in Natural and Human History.
  • Critical notice of published articles in environmental ethics 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published articles in environmental ethics.
  • Critical notice of Environmental ethics: values in and duties to the natural world 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book Environmental Ethics: Values in and Duties to the Natural World.
  • Critical notice of Conserving natural value 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published book Conserving Natural Value.
  • Critical notice - Holmes Rolston III 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Critical notice of citations of Rolston's published materials in environmental ethics and in science and religion.
  • Review of Richard H. Jones' Reductionism: analysis and the fullness of reality 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2005
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    The sweep of the book is to argue that reduction (if distinguished from inter-level connections) is not working well anywhere, and if not lower down, there is even less reason to suppose that it will work higher up. Is ...
  • Review of Paul Davies' Cosmic jackpot: why our universe is just right for life 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2008
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    Paul Davies is a physicist, a cosmologist with philosophical interest. He is unsurpassed in summarizing the results of recent discoveries in physical astronomy and microphysics about the ways in which the characteristics ...
  • Review of Mary Anglemyer and Eleanor S. Seagraves' The natural environment: an annotated bibliography on attitudes and values 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1986
    Format:born digital; reviews (documents)
    The compilers make serious effort to include different perspectives, and this edition is more adequate to environmental ethics and values than an earlier edition. For both the editors, now retired librarians, this is largely ...

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