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William Vitek

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Professor of Philosophy and Chair
267 Bertrand H. Snell Hall

Phone: 315-268-3976

B.A., Union College, Schenectady
M.A., Ph.D., CUNY Graduate College

Courses Taught

  • Business Ethics
  • Professional Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Faith and Action: World Religions and Contemporary Issues

Scholarly Interests
Vitek's research and writing is focused at the intersection of social practices and the environmental, cultural, and historical contexts in which they occur. He publishes in the areas of environmental ethics and civic philosophy. He is also a working jazz pianist.

"Abandon Environmentalism for the Sake of the Revolution," Conservation Biology, Vol. 18, No. 6, December 2004: 102.

"You Can Get There from Here – Sustainable Engineering: Precursors, Principles & Prospects," co-written with Ross Whaley, introductory essay to Strategic Environmental Management for Engineers, New York: Wiley & Sons, 2004.

"Brother Can You Paradigm?: Civic Democracy on Hubbert's Backside," invited presentation at the Center for Humans and Nature inaugural meeting of the "Humans, Nature and Democracy" project, New York, New York, Oct. 22, 2004.

"Joyful Ignorance: Toward a Civic Epistemology," presenter and co-organizer of the Toward an Ignorance-Based Worldview Conference, Matfield Green, Kansas, June 2004.

"Running on Empty: Why We Can't Have It All," guest speaker at the Philosophical Café, Union College, April 2004.

"3-D Campus Civics: People, Places, and the Ties that Bind," presented at the Fourteenth North American Interdisciplinary Conference on Environment and Community, Saratoga Springs, February 2004.

"3-D Civics: Growing Citizens one City at a Time," invited paper delivered at the Center for Humans and Nature " Cities " Conference, Chicago, October 2003.

"The Ethics of Sustainable Development," (with Ross Whaley), SUNY Plattsburgh REU in Environmental Science, July 2003.

"Sustainability and Higher Education: The Union Connection," Earth Day Speaker at Union College, April 2003.

"Living and Learning in a Challenged World: Prospects and Possibilities for Higher Education," Paul Smith's College, June 2003.

"Sustainability and Jefferson Community College: A Partnership of Possibilities," keynote address for campus convocation at JCC , January 2003.

"What Do You Stand For: Ethics and Leadership," invited speaker, Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Workshop, Clarkson University, November 2003.