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Charles List

Photo of Charles List outside with his dogProfessor of Philosophy

Charles List is a professor of philosophy and has been teaching at Plattsburgh since 1980. Besides the academic interests listed below he likes to train bird dogs, tie flies, and fly fish.


  • Ph.D. University of Iowa
  • M.A. University of Iowa
  • B.A. University of Minnesota

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental ethics
  • Outdoor ethics
  • Hunting ethics
  • Fly fishing
  • Nietzsche
  • The problem of universals

Research Areas

  • Ethical evaluation of outdoor practices
  • Wilderness issues
  • Hunting ethics

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Publications:
    • Hunting, Fishing, and Environmental Virtue: Reconnecting Sportsmanship and Conservation, Oregon State University Press, 2013. Read about this book:
    • “Breaking the Rules of Respect” with Beth Dixon in Eva Marsal, Barbara Weber, Susan T. Gardner (eds.) Respect: How Do We Get There? A Philosophical Inquiry. Lit. Publisher Münster, Berlin, Wien, Zürich 2013, pp. 57-66.
    • “Wilderness Act of 1964” in Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, J. Baird Callicott and Robert Froderman editors, MacMillan Reference Publications, October, 2008.
    • “The Virtues of Wild Leisure” Environmental Ethics, 27(4) (2005):355-373.
    • “On the Moral Distinctiveness of Sport Hunting” Environmental Ethics, 26(2) (2004):155-169.
  • Presentations:
    • Panel member for discussion “Subversive Spring: Rachel Carson 51 years after the publication of Silent Spring.” SUNY Plattsburgh Feinberg Library series, April 24th, 2013.
    • Speaker at Love the Lake Speaker Series sponsored by the Lake Chaplain Basin Program: “Hunting, Fishing and Environmental Ethics,” March 7, 2013.
    • Speaker at Lake Champlain Chapter of Trout Unlimited: “Fishing and Environmental Virtue,” February 12, 2013.


  • John H. Daniels fellowship on the connections between sportsmanship and conservation at the National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, VA, spring semester, 2014.

Contact Charles List

Office: Champlain Valley Hall 302
Phone: (518) 564-2833