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. Rolston's 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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  • Interview with Holmes Rolston III, An 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Libenson, Sam; Wong, Justin
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; interviews
    Holmes Rolston is interviewed by Sam Libenson and Justin Wong. Environmental ethics is about appropriate caring and respect for wonderland Earth and its inhabitants, each flourishing according to its own nature. Earth is ...
  • Scientific and ethical considerations in rare species protection: the case of beavers in Connecticut 

    Author(s):Dirrigl, Frank J., Jr.; Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Wilson, Joshua H.
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; articles
    The protection of rare species abounds with scientific and ethical considerations. An ethical dilemma can emerge when the life of one species is valued higher than that of another, and so we discuss the basis of ranking, ...
  • Foreword in "Connection to nature, deep ecology, and conservation social science: human-nature bonding and protecting the natural world" 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2020-12-15
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    "Connectedness with nature presents itself as a radical but necessary prerequisite for realizing desired conservation and environmental behavior outcomes." "But," I find myself wanting to reply. Humans are disconnected ...
  • Creation: order and chance in physics and biology 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1990-04-19
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    The relations between physics and theology are surprisingly cordial at present; the relations between biology and theology are more difficult. A key to understanding the interrelations of all three: physics, biology, and ...
  • Biological conservation of microbes 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1989-09-11
    Format:born digital; sound recordings; digital audio formats
    A talk by Holmes Rolston, III in the CSU Department of Microbiology on September 11, 1989. Environmental ethics is typically concerned with big stuff, bears, wolves, plants, wildfires, or insects. The Endangered Species ...
  • Genes, genesis and God: Holmes Rolston III: Richard J. Burke lecture in philosophy, religion and society 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2006-03-13
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    Holmes Rolston delivers the inaugurating Richard J. Burke Lecture in Philosophy, Religion and Society at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan on March 13, 2006. Professor Rolston discusses the debate about order and ...
  • Ética ambiental: valores y deberes en el mundo natural 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:1998
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Environmental ethics stretches classical ethics to a breaking point. One needs more than a humanist ethic applied to the environment, analogously to applied ethics in other areas. Environmental ethics stands on a frontier, ...
  • Biodiversity 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2001
    Format:born digital; chapters (layout features)
    Whether humans have duties to endangered species is a significant theoretical and an urgent practical question. Initially, the focus was on endangered species, which are still central, but in recent years attention has ...
  • Good Samaritan and his genes, The - audio/video lecture 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2002-11-09
    Format:born digital; motion pictures (visual works); digital moving image formats
    This is a lecture given by Holmes Rolston at a conference on Biology and Morality at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 9, 2002.
  • Colorado naturalist wins religion prize - Seattle Post-Intelligencer 

    Author(s):Ostling, Richard N.
    Date Issued:2003-03-19
    Format:born digital; articles
    A pioneer in environmental ethics who says humanity has treated nature "disgracefully'' was named Wednesday as this year's recipient of a religion prize that is billed as the world's richest annual award. The Rev. Holmes ...
  • Colorado naturalist wins religion prize - Guardian UK 

    Author(s):U.S. Associated Press sources
    Date Issued:2003-03-19
    Format:born digital; articles
    A pioneer in environmental ethics who says humanity has treated nature "disgracefully'' was named Wednesday as this year's recipient of a religion prize that is billed as the world's richest annual award.
  • Genes, genesis and God Radio interview with Charles Heyman (Radio National - Australia) 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Heyman, Charles
    Date Issued:2003-03-26
    Format:born digital; sounding recordings; digital audio formats
    Global warming is a bigger threat to the world than Saddam Hussein. Or so says a very distinguished voice - that of Professor Holmes Rolston the third - winner of the latest Templeton Prize - worth nearly two million ...
  • We humans are the worst and the best and … 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2022-03
    Format:born digital; articles
    We humans have extended culture amplifying our powers. Our genotypes are differentially expressed in phenotypes, increasing our preferring us over them, escalating our worst and best. Our groups are more ruthless than ...
  • Rolston introduction, interview, and paper: from the Shandong University, China, Conference on Ecological Aesthetics and Ethics in the Post Epidemic Era 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Jinhua, Ke
    Date Issued:2021-08-28-2021-08-29
    Format:born digital; introductions (general sociological concept); interviews; articles
    Includes: Introduction to Holmes Rolston (in Chinese), Interview with Rolston (in Chinese and English), and Paper by Rolston (in Chinese and English), from the Shandong University Conference on Ecological Aesthetics and ...
  • Trail log - 2021 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Date Issued:2021
    Format:born digital; diaries
    Summary: Death of our son, Giles Campbell Rolston, in January, and in August scattered his cremated remains on a trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on which he and I had once done a 30 mile, ten day backpack. Covid 19 ...
  • 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 ...

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