Nathan Kowalsky, PhD, MPhil, MCS, BA (Hons)

Associate Professor of Philosophy, St Joseph's College


Associate Professor of Philosophy, St Joseph's College
(780) 492-7681
SJ 0-08 St. Joseph's College
114 St - 89 Ave
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J5



I received a PhD in philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (now simply "KU Leuven"), Leuven, Belgium in 2006. I also received an MPhil (Licentiate, MA equivalent) in philosophy from the same institution in 2003. I completed an MCS (Master of Christian Studies, also an MA equivalent) in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver, Canada in 2002 (also received 2003). I received a BA (Honours) in philosophy from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1998. Somewhere in the middle of all that I got married, had two kids, and got a job! :)


Research Areas and Interests:

Environmental Philosophy

  • Wilderness
  • Relationship between Nature and Culture
  • Intersections with Philosophy of Technology
  • Intersections with Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology

Environmental Ethics

  • Hunting
  • Nonhuman Animals
  • Environmental Radicalism (including Deep Ecology)
  • Reformist Environmentalism and Social Acquiescence

Philosophy of Religion

  • Problem of Natural Evil
  • Divine Alterity
  • Axiological Transcendence

Philosophy of Culture

  • Civilization, Primitivism, and Anarchism
  • Non-agrarian Hermeneutics

Philosophy of Technology

  • Technological Societies (Jacques Ellul)
  • Technological Enframement (Martin Heidegger)


I teach undergraduate courses in the following areas:

  • Philosophy
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Theology (Christianity and the Environment)

I supervise graduate students (MA or Phd) in Religious Studies working in the area of Religion and Ecology.


PHIL 102 - Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality

An introduction to the classical problems of philosophy through study and critical discussion of selected philosophical classics and contemporary works. Emphasis will be placed on questions of the nature and extent of human knowledge and classic problems about the nature of reality and our place in it.

Winter Term 2021
PHIL 269 - Moral Issues in a Christian Context

Analysis and evaluation of selected moral and social issues.

Winter Term 2021
PHIL 279 - Philosophy of Hunting

The moral, conceptual, existential, environmental, socio-political, and spiritual issues raised by the practice of hunting by humans.

Fall Term 2020
STS 200 - Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology and Society

An examination of the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment, emphasizing an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences perspective. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in INT D 200.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021

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Towards an Ethic of Animal Difference
Author(s): Nathan Kowalsky
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environmental Philosophy
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 239-267
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"This is Oil Country": The Tar Sands and Jacques Ellul's Theory of Technology
Author(s): Nathan Kowalsky, Randolph Haluza-DeLay
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Environmental Ethics
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 75-97
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Between Relativism and Romanticism: Traditional Ecological Knowledge as Social Critique
Author(s): Nathan Kowalsky
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Indigenous Perspectives of North America: A Collection of Studies
Volume: ed. E. Sepsi, J. Nagy, M. Vassanyi & J. Kenyeres
Issue: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Page Numbers: 2-31
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Radical Albertans? Hunting as the Subversion of Heroic Enlightenment
Author(s): Nathan Kowalsky
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene
Volume: ed. R. Boschman and Mario Trono
Issue: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Page Numbers: 281-302
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The Hero, the Wolf, and the Hybrid: Overcoming the Overcoming of Uncultured Landscapes
Author(s): Nathan Kowalsky
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Old World and New World Perspectives in Environmental Philosophy: Transatlantic Conversations
Volume: ed. M. Drenthen & J. Keulartz
Issue: Springer
Page Numbers: 209-227
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