Paul B. Thompson
Holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Food, and Community Ethics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He has formerly held positions in philosophy at Texas A&M University and Purdue University. His research has centered on ethical and philosophical questions associated with agriculture and food, and especially concerning the guidance and development of agricultural techno-science.
About the Chair
In 2002, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation keeping to the fulfillment of its 1930’s goal to “Help people help themselves through the practical application of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations,” established the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics supported by a $1.5 million initiative. The chair was created in response to an increasing need to address the ethical, social and political challenges related to natural resources, public policy and agriculture. One of the objectives of the chair is to strengthen MSU’s efforts to address the trans-disciplinary ethical, social and political challenges around issues that confront the state of Michigan, other public institutions and different sectors of the society.