Freya Mathews

Freya Mathews

Environmental Philosopher

Freya Mathews is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at La Trobe University, Australia.

Her books include The Ecological Self (1991), Ecology and Democracy (editor) (1996), For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism (2003), Journey to the Source of the Merri (2003), Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture (2005), Without Animals Life is not Worth Living (2016), and Ardea: a philosophical novella (2016). She is the author of over seventy articles in the area of ecological philosophy.

Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous (Australian and Chinese) perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and critique of the metaphysics of modernity; ecology and religion; and conservation ethics and rewilding in the context of the Anthropocene. In addition to her research activities she manages a private biodiversity reserve in northern Victoria. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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