Christian Diehm

Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Environmental Ethics Coordinator


Ph.D. — Philosophy, Villanova University
M.A. — Philosophy, Villanova University, Villanova
B.A. — Philosophy, Salisbury State University


Chris Diehm received his B.A. in Philosophy from Salisbury State University in Maryland (now Salisbury University), and his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Villanova University, which is located just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completing his degree in 2001, he taught full-time at Villanova for three years, and during that time he also held a position as Visiting Scholar at Pace University’s Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies in New York, New York. He came to UWSP in 2005, and has served as coordinator of the Environmental Ethics program since 2006. When not doing academic work, Diehm enjoys kayaking, canoeing, hiking, wildlife watching and, whenever he can get to an ocean, surfing.

Select Publications

Facing Nature: Levinas and Environmental Thought, ed. William Edelglass, James Hatley, and Christian Diehm (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2012).
“Wolves, Wisconsin, and Aldo Leopold,” Minding Nature 6, no. 2 (May 2013): 44-48.
 “Unnaturally Cruel: Rolston on Animals, Ethics, and the Factory Farm,” Expositions 6, no. 1 (2012): 29-40.
 “Biophilia and Biodiversity: Environmental Ethics in the Work of Stephen Kellert,” Environmental Ethics 34, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 51-66.
 “Finding a Niche for Species in Nature Ethics,” Ethics and the Environment 17, no. 12 (Spring 2012): 71-86.
 “Ecotage, Ecodefense, and Deep Ecology,” The Trumpeter 27, no. 2 (2011): 61-80.
 “Predators and Prey: On Hunting and Human Identity,” in Wild Games: Hunting and Fishing Traditions in North America, ed. Dennis Cutchins and Eric Eliason (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009), pp. 3-24.
“Identification with Nature: What It Is and Why It Matters,” Ethics and the Environment 12, no. 2 (2007): 1-22.
“’Here I Stand’: An Interview with Arne Naess,” Environmental Philosophy 1, no. 2 (Fall 2004): 6-19.

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies, Pace University, New York, New York, Fall 2002.
  • UWSP Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)


"Should Extinction Be Forever?" College of Letters and Science Community Lecture Series, Sept. 13, 2016

Contact Information

​Office: ​CCC 416
​Phone: ​715.346.4948
​Fax: ​715.346.4215


​PHIL 100
Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 310 Metaphysics
PHIL 345 Philosophy of Nature
PHIL 380 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 381 ​Native American Environmental Philosophies
PHIL 351 ​Eco-Feminism
PHIL 399 ​Independent Study
PHIL 480
​Senior Seminar in
Environmental Philosophy