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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  • Animal welfare and environmental ethics 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Bernard Rollin's main concerns are domestic and research animals. Tens of thousands of such animals have endured less suffering as a result of Rollin's seminal work. Animals are of moral concern because they have conscious ...
  • From Shenandoah to the mountain west 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2021-10-22
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    Holmes Rolston recalls his life story founding environmental ethics. He was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, with mountains on his skyline and fields, creeks, and rivers as his playground. His elders loved gospel ...
  • Environmental bioethics 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1995
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Environmental bioethics, or environmental ethics, is the theory and practice concerning values in and duties to, or concerning, the natural world. An anthropocentric ethic holds that humans are the focus of ethics and ...
  • Endangered species and biodiversity (Encyclopedia of Bioethics) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1995
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Reliable estimates are that about 20 percent of Earth's species may be lost within a few decades, about evenly distributed through major groups of plants and animals. The United Nations at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de ...
  • Wildlife conservation and management (Encyclopedia of Bioethics) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1995
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Human activities affect wildlife quite adversely, and humans have duties to care for them, both because of what humans have at stake and also because of what wildlife are in themselves. The main ethical issues in wildlife ...
  • Biology without conservation: an environmental misfit and contradiction in terms 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1989
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Every biological organism is per se a conservationist, defending its life. Nonconservation is death. Although not moral agents, organisms are normative systems that value life intrinsically, for what each individual life ...
  • Ecological aesthetics and ethics in the post epidemic era 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2021-08
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    The largest and most threatening pandemic in human history has humbled arrogant humans, locked us up. The virus in a couple months has stymied human achievements, aspirations, and freedoms. The upsetting surprise is that ...
  • Environmental ethics and religion/science 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2009
    Format:born digital; articles
    What to make of who we are, where we are, what we ought to do? These perennial questions are familiar enough; what is recently extraordinary is how the science-religion dialogue re-frames these old questions with an on ...
  • Lame science? Blind religion? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; articles
    In Consecrating Science, Lisa Sideris argues that an anthropocentric and science-based cosmology encourages human arrogance and diminishes a sense of wonder in human experience immersed in the natural world, found in diverse ...
  • Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene epoch 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    1. Wonderland planet. In the cosmos, remarkable features produce billions of stars generating elements suitable for life. Life is so far known only on Earth. Humans result from a cosmic "anthropic" principle. 2. Humans - ...
  • Jane Goodall and Holmes Rolston 

    Date Issued:2007-04-25
    Format:born digital; photographs
    Jane Goodall, Templeton Laureate, 2021, and Holmes Rolston, Laureate 2003, photographed together when she spoke at Colorado State University on April 25, 2007.
  • Values, environmental (International Encyclopedia of Anthropology) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2019
    Format:born digital; articles
    Environmental values are of various kinds, including intrinsic, inherent, systemic, Anthropocene, ecosystem, and spiritual.
  • 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.

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