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TEDxCalgary Dr. Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Dr. Peter Brown

Tree Farmer and Philosopher


A tree farmer, steward, professor, author and a philosopher. Dr. Brown’s entire career has concentrated on the practical uses of philosophy to think critically about the goals of society.  Since the 1980s this work has centered on the thought systems that legitimate and facilitate the accelerating decline in life’s prospects.  A distinguished academic with his hands firmly grounded in the soil, he is grappling with how we can extricate ourselves from the project of Earth domination. He is currently a professor at McGill University where he directs the Economics for the Anthropocene project (E4A). The E4A project aims to educate up to 60 PhDs in the field of ecological economics; to take seriously the re-imagining of the “human” required by contemporary science; and the establishment of a mutually enhancing human/Earth relationship.