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Environmental philosophy emerged as a formal academic discipline in the 1970s. Eugene C. Hargrove was one of the most important founders of the field, having initiated its first journal, Environmental Ethics, in 1979. Professor Hargrove also founded the best-known academic program in environmental philosophy, located at the University of North Texas (UNT), beginning in 1990. The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, chaired by Hargrove from 1990 to 2004, hosted the world's first master's program in environmental philosophy beginning in 1992 and more recently added a doctoral program, primarily through his efforts. Hargrove also founded and continues to serve as director of the Center for Environmental Philosophy.

Hargrove also authored key publications in environmental philosophy, most notably his 1989 book, Foundations of Environmental Ethics, which ...

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