Skip to main content
Photograph of this person

About Dr. Greg McElwain


[email protected]
(208) 459-5876
Strahorn Hall, 303


Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Mary Midgley

Personal Statement

I have a wide range of teaching and research interests in environmental philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, and philosophy of science, which is helpful in a small department. My background is in both philosophy and religious studies though my methodology and research are philosophical. My research has increasingly focused on the work of the late British philosopher Mary Midgley while my overarching research focus is in the intersection of animal and environmental ethics in environmental philosophy. My current book project is based on my interviews with Mary Midgley from 2011-18, which focus largely on animals and the environment.

Professional Experience

The College of Idaho: Professor, 2022-Present; Associate Professor, 2017-2022; Assistant Professor, 2011-2017

University of Florida: Instructor, 2010-2011


  • Ph. D., University of Florida
  • M.T.S., Vanderbilt University
  • B.A., Abilene Christian University


  McElwain, Gregory S. “Mary Midgley: Philosophical Plumber.” Times Literary Supplement: Footnotes to Plato. October 27, 2021. Available online at
  McElwain, Gregory S. “Relationality in the Thought of Mary Midgley.” Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, Volume 87 (A Centenary Celebration: Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, Murdoch) (2020): 235-248. doi: 10.1017/S1358246119000225
  McElwain, Gregory S. Mary Midgley: An Introduction. (London: Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2020).
  McElwain, Gregory S. “Midgley at the Intersection of Animal and Environmental Ethics.” Les Ateliers de l'Éthique / The Ethics Forum 13, no. 1 (2018): 143-158. doi: 10.7202/1055122ar.  
  McElwain, Gregory S. “The Mixed Community.” In Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy), edited by Ian James Kidd and Liz McKinnell, 41-51. London: Routledge, 2016. 
  McElwain, Gregory S. “Religion and Dangerous Environmental Change: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Climate and Sustainability.” Politics and Religion 5 (2012): 476-478.
  McElwain, Gregory S. “Ethics of Animal Use.” Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Ethics 22 (2009): 291-293.