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Professor Robin Attfield - MA (Oxon), PhD (Wales), DLitt (Cardiff)


Professor Robin Attfield Position: Professor Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76224
Extension: 76224
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.

Research Group


Research Interests

Environmental philosophy (most branches); Ethics (including history of ethics); History of ideas (seventeenth and eighteenth centuries); Philosophy of religion (religious language and theistic arguments).

Selected Publications

Ethics: An Overview, London and New York: Continuum, 2012, ISBN: 978-1-4411-8205 (hb) and 978-1-4411-8205-0 (pb), pp. xii + 262. For a preview, click here. For the companion website, see: To order, email:

Creation, Evolution and Meaning, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006. ISBN 0-7546-0474-8 and 0-7546-0475-6. pp. ix + 234.

Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century, Polity Press, Cambridge, and Blackwell, Malden, MA, 2003. ISBN: 0-7456-2737-4 (hb); 0-7456-2738-2 (pb). pp. xii + 232.

The Ethics of the Global Environment, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999, in the World Ethics Series edited by Nigel Dower, ISBN: 07486-0895-8; also West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1999, ISBN: 1-55753-189-7. pp. viii + 232.

Value, Obligation and Meta-Ethics, Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1995, in the Value Inquiry Books Series edited by Robert Ginsberg; ISBN 90-5183-857-3 (hb), 90-5183-862-X (pb). xv + 319.

God and The Secular: A Philosophical Assessment of Secular Reasoning from Bacon to Kant (2nd edn.), Aldershot: Gregg Revivals and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1993, ISBN 0-7512-0243-6. pp. 231.

The Ethics of Environmental Concern (2nd edn.), Athens, GA and London: University of Georgia Press, 1991, ISBN 0-8203-1349-1 (hb), 0-8203-1344-0 (pb). pp. xxiii + 249.




Robin Attfield's research concerns ethics, philosophy of religion, history of ideas and environmental philosophy. One recently published book is Creation, Evolution and Meaning, an interdisciplinary work bestriding the philosophies of religion, science and meaning and environmental ethics, published by Ashgate in 2006. His previous book was Environmental Ethics: An Overview for the Twenty-First Century (Polity/Blackwell, 2003). His edited collection The Ethics of the Environment was published by Ashgate in 2008.


Robin Attfield studied philosophy, classics and ancient history at Christ Church, Oxford and Theology at Regent's Park College, Oxford, undertook research at Manchester University, and has been lecturing in Philosophy at Cardiff since January 1968. He has also taught in Nigeria (1972-3) and in Kenya (1975). His Wales PhD was completed in 1972, and he has been a Professor of Philosophy from 1992.

His DLitt was awarded by Cardiff University in 2008.

He is a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and was until recently a co-opted member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association. He is chair of the Cardiff Branch of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and has participated recently in a UNESCO international working party on Environmental Ethics.