Bill Vitek is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, where he has taught for twenty one years. With a B.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Union College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Vitek's research and writings are focused on the intersection between social practices and the environmental, cultural, and historical contexts in which they occur. His current focus is on the substantial cultural and social changes that will be necessary-in our lifetimes-to live without easy access to cheap, carbon-based energy in the form of soils, forests, oil, natural gas and coal.
He is the author of one book, Promising; the co-editor of three books: Applying Philosophy (with Terrell Ward Bynum); Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place (with Wes Jackson); and The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability and the Limits of Knowledge (with Wes Jackson). He is the author of popular essays and articles on professional ethics, community, and public life. He is currently writing a book of his own essays titled Post-Carbon Sense. He was a 2007 Visiting Scholar with The Center for Humans and Nature and with The Land Institute.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
Articles in Minding Nature: