Recent Submissions

  • In the name of beauty 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-; Brady, Emily
    There is beauty in nature. Is anything there ugly? Those who claim a "positive aesthetics" find that, although there is local ugliness, in a more comprehensive view, such ugliness becomes beautiful also. The rotting carcass ...
  • Rolston viewing a Pasqueflower 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Holmes Rolston, hiking in spring woods, discovers a Pasqueflower, one of the earliest blooming wildflowers, about Easter. "We walk too hurriedly if ever we pass the season's first Pasqueflower by, too busy to let its meeting ...
  • Leading and misleading metaphors: from organism to Anthropocene 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Holmes Rolston presents appreciative and critical remarks at a symposium, After the Death of Nature, held at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 2-3, 2018, celebrating the life and work of Carolyn Merchant, an ...
  • Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene Epoch 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    This lecture by Holmes Rolston III was the keynote lecture at a conference, Wild Places, Natural Spaces, the fourteenth annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place, at ...
  • Rolston bio-profile HD slideshow 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
  • Anthropocene! Beyond the natural? - UWSP, The 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    We are now entering the Anthropocene Epoch, so runs a recent enthusiastic claim. Humans can and ought go beyond the natural and powerfully engineer a better planet, managing for climate change, building new ecosystems for ...
  • Anthropocene! Beyond the natural? - OSU, The 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    We are now entering the Anthropocene Epoch, so runs a recent enthusiastic claim. Humans can and ought go beyond the natural and powerfully engineer a better planet, managing for climate change, building new ecosystems for ...
  • NTDTV interview 

    Holmes Rolston is interviewed by a reporter for NTDTV, New Tang Dynasty TV, about pollution from Formosa Plastics at How-May-Li wetland, Taiwan, on June 3, 2016. From NTDTV newscast.
  • What we need to flourish: rethinking external goods and the ecological systems that provide them 

    Author(s):Shockley, Kenneth
    Kenneth Shockley gives his Inaugural Lecture in Holmes Rolston III Endowed Chair in Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, October 14, 2016. How should we balance the need for development with the need for environmental ...
  • Preaching on the environment 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston lecture at Taiwan Theological Seminary, Taipei, June 2, 2016. Biblical faith originated with a land ethic. Within the covenant, keeping the commandments, the Hebrew people entered a promised land. Nature is the ...
  • Rolston interview by Pascale Smeesters and Bau Dang Van 

    Author(s):Smeesters, Pascale; Van,Bau Dang
    Rolston interview by Pascale Smeesters and Bau Dang Van on September 6, 2016, at Rolston's home. What is "nature"? Nature compared with culture. Does true "wilderness" exist? Humans respect a wonderland planet. Value in ...
  • Remarkably free man, A 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Sermon at First Presbyterian Church, Fort Collins, September 4, 2016. Humans cherish freedom. Americans live in "the land of the free and the home of the brave." College students, on leaving home, are free to do their ...
  • One health - eco-health 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Lecture: One Health - Eco-Health given the at National Taiwan University, Risk Society and Policy Research Center, College of Social Science on June 8, 2016. There is only one world and only one health. Health effects ...
  • Three big bangs: are we the biggest? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    In our lifetimes, we who are senior citizens have learned from the recent discoveries of scientists some startling facts about the universe. At the primordial big bang, matter?energy appears, with the remarkable capacity ...
  • Technology and/or nature: denatured/renatured/engineered/artifacted life? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    In our high-tech world, do we live at the end of nature? Is the technosphere replacing the biosphere? Can humans control their genetically inherited Pleistocene appetites in an Anthropocene Epoch? Is experience of the ...
  • Environmental aesthetics in China: East West dialogue 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Lecture by Holmes Rolston III presented in Wuhan, China, at the Environmental Aesthetics and Beautiful China International Conference, May 20-23, 2015. 1. Art and Nature: Chinese Landscape as a Work of Art? 2. Urban, Rural, ...
  • Three big bangs: November 7, 2013 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Scientific natural history discovers "three big bangs," each marking a serendipitous singularity. (1) At the primordial big bang, matter-energy appears, initially in simpler forms, but with the remarkable capacity to ...
  • Messaging morality: ethics across the cosmos 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston lecture at a SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) workshop, February 14, 2015, Mountain View, California. When we consider active SETI, or METI, transmitting messages that might be received by extraterrestrial ...
  • Why wilderness? 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Rolston talk at the 2014 Mansfield Conference, "The Storied Past, The Troubled Future: The Imperative of Wilderness at 50 Years," held at the University of Montana, September 10-12. 1. Half a Century of Wilderness; 2. ...
  • Gifford Lecture 1: Genetic creativity: diversity and complexity in natural history 

    Author(s):Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
    Central to the contemporary Darwinian view is emerging diversity and complexity. Genes are critical in this historic composition. In physics and chemistry, there is matter and energy, but in biology there is proactive ...

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