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David Abram, Ph.D., is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Vintage), which won the 1996 Lannan Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Abram is an ecologist, philosopher, and anthropologist whose writings have had a deepening influence on the environmental movement in North America and internationally; he was recently named by the Utne Reader as one of a hundred visionaries currently transforming the world. The recipient of research fellowships from the Watson and the Rockefeller Foundations, Abram is currently a visiting professor of philosophy and environmental studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Abstract of paper given at Judaism and Ecology conference:
Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a Tradition

The virtue language of ecologically committed people challenges the Aristotelian-Thomistic virtue tradition in the areas of cosmology, anthropology, divine providence, and justification. It also shows ways for the transformation of Christian virtue tradition toward greater ecological attunement. Within this transformed ethic certain familiar ancient as well as modern insights--for example, from the apostle Paul, Thomas Aquinas, and H. Richard Niebuhr--can provide a critical edge and ensure a recognizably Christian character.

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