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Refereed Journal Articles

P. B. Thompson, “The GMO Quandary and What It Means for Social Philosophy,” Social Philosophy Today 30 (2014): 7-27

P. Sandin, E. Marald, A. Davison, D. E. Nye & P.B. Thompson, “Book Symposium on The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Enviornmental Ethics by Paul B. Thompson, Philosophy & Technology 26 ( 2013): 201-320.

P.B. Thompson, “Enviornmentalism and Posthumanism,” Essay in the Philosophy of Humanism,” 21(2) (2013): 63-73.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethics and Risk Communication,” Science Communication 34 (2012): 618-641.

P. B. Thompson, “The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: The Food vs. Fuel Debate,” Agriculture 2 (2012): 339-358; doi:10.3390/agriculture2040339

K. P. Whyte and P. B. Thompson, “Ideas for How to Take Wicked Problems Seriously,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25(2012): 441-445.

P. B. Thompson and K. P. Whyte, “What Happens to Environmental Philosophy in a Wicked World?” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25(2012): 485-498.

P. B. Thompson, “The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: Food vs. Fuel,” Agriculture 2 (2012): 339-358; doi:10.3390/agriculture2040339

P. B. Thompson, “Re-Envisioning the Agrarian Ideal,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25(2012): 553-562.

P. B. Thompson, “The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: Climate Ethics and Mitigation Arguments,” Poesis & Praxis: The International Journal of Technology Assessment and Ethics of Science Open Access DOI (2012): 10.1007/s10202-012-0105-6.

P. B. Thompson, ““There’s an App for That”: Technical Standards and Commodification by Technological Means,” Philosophy and Technology 25(2012): 87-103.

E. Selinger, P. Thompson and H. Collins, “Catastrophe Ethics and Activist Speech: Reflections on Moral Norms, Advocacy and Technical Judgment,” Metaphilosophy 42(2011): 118-144.

J. C. Swanson, J. A. Mench and P. B. Thompson, “Introduction—The Socially Sustainable Egg Production Project,” Poultry Science 90(2011): 227-228. doi:10.3382/ps.2010-01266

P. B. Thompson, M. Appleby, L. Busch, L. Kalof, M. Miele, B. F. Norwood, and E. Pajor. “Values and public acceptability dimensions of sustainable egg production,” Poultry Science 90(2011): 2097-2109. doi: 10.3382/ps.2010-0138

J. C. Swanson, Y. Lee, P. B. Thompson, R. Bawden and J. A. Mench.Integration: Valuing stakeholder input in setting priorities for socially sustainable egg production,” Poultry Science 90(2011): 2110-2121. doi:10.3382/ps.2011-01340

P. B. Thompson, “Food Aid and the Famine Relief Argument (Brief Return),” The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23(2010): 209-227.

P. B. Thompson, “Animal Ethics and Public Expectations: The North American Outlook,” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 37(2010): 13-21.

P. B. Thompson, “Why Using Genetics to Address Welfare May Not Be a Good Idea,” Poultry Science 89(2010): 814-821.

P. B. Thompson, “The Opposite of Human Enhancement: Nanotechnology and the Blind Chicken Problem,” NanoEthics 2(2008): 305-316.

P. B. Thompson, “Agrarian Philosophy and Ecological Ethics,” Science and Engineering Ethics 14(2008): 527-544.

P. B. Thompson, “The Agricultural Ethics of Biofuels: A First Look,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21(2008):183-198.

W. Hannah and P. B. Thompson, “Nanotechnology, Risk and the Environment: A Review,” Journal of Environmental Monitoring 10(2008):291-300.

P. B. Thompson and W. Hannah. “Food and Agricultural Biotechnology: A Summary and Analysis of Ethical Concerns,” Advances in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology 111(2008): 229-264.

P. B. Thompson, “Current Ethical Issues in Animal Biotechnology,” Reproduction, Fertility and Development, 20 (2008): 67–73.

P. B. Thompson, “Animal Biotechnology: How Not to Presume,” The American Journal of Bioethics, 8:6, (2008) 49-50.

P. B. Thompson, “Borgmann on Commodification: A Comment on Real American Ethics,Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 21 (2008): 75-84, (published with a reply by Borgmann, pp. 85-96).

A. J. Knight, M. R. Worosz, M. K. Lapinski, T. A. Ten Eyck, C. K. Harris, L. D. Bourquin, T. M. Dietz, P. B. Thompson, and E. C. Todd.“Consumer Perceptions of the Food Safety System: Implications for Food Safety Educators and Policy Makers.” Food Protection Trends 28(6)(2008): 27-32.

P. B. Thompson, “Theorizing Technological and Institutional Change: Alienability, Rivalry and Exclusion Cost,” Technè 11(1)(Fall 2007): 19-31.

P. B. Thompson, “Agricultural Sustainability: What It Is and What It Is Not,” International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 5 (2007): 5-16.

P. B. Thompson, “Agriculture and Working-Class Political Culture: A Lesson from The Grapes of Wrath,Agriculture and Human Values 24(2007): 165-177.

P. B. Thompson, C. Harris, D. Holt and E.A. Pajor. “Livestock Welfare Product Claims: The Emerging Social Context,” Journal of Animal Science 85 (2007): 2354—2361.

P. B. Thompson, “Norton’s Sustainability: Some Comments on Risk and Sustainability,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 20(2007): 375-386 (published with a Reply by Norton, pp. 387-405).

P. B. Thompson, “Mark Sagoff’s Kantian Environmental Philosophy,” Ethics, Place and Environment 9(2006): 344-350 (published with a Reply from Sagoff, pp. 365-372).

P. B. Thompson, “Should We Have GM Crops?” Santa Clara Journal of International Law 4(2006): 75-95.

P. B. Thompson, “Ecological Risks of Transgenic Crops: A Framework for Assessment and Conceptual Issues,” Sustainability in Agriculture, R.E. Hester and R. M. Harrison, Eds. Issues in Environmental Science and Toxicology, Vol. 21, Cambridge, UK: 2005, Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 16-30.

P. B. Thompson, “Value Judgments and Risk Comparisons: The Case of Genetically Engineered Crops,” Plant Physiology 132(2003): 10-16. Republished in Maarten J. Chrispeels, Ed. Agricultural Ethics in a Changing World. Rockville, MD: 2004, American Society of Plant Biologists, pp. 40-46.

K.K. Schillo and P. B. Thompson, “Postmodernism for Animal Scientists,” Journal of Animal Science 80(E. Suppl. 2)[2003]: E189-E194.

P. B. Thompson, “Crossing Species Boundaries Is Even More Controversial than You Think,” The American Journal of Bioethics 3(3)[2003]: 14-15.

P. B. Thompson, “The Reshaping of Conventional Farming: A North American Perspective,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 14 (2001): 217-229.

P. B. Thompson, “Risk, Consent and Public Debate: Some Preliminary Considerations for the Ethics of Food Safety,” International Journal of Food Science and Technology 36 (2001): 833-843.

P. B. Thompson, “Animal Welfare and Livestock Production in a Postindustrial Milieu,” Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 4(3) [2001]: 191-205.

P. B. Thompson, “Privacy, Secrecy and Security,” Ethics and Information Technology 3(2001): 13-19.

P. B. Thompson, “Grades and Standards in the Context of International Trade: Some Ethical Considerations,” Cahiers d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales 55-56(2000): 53-70.

P. B. Thompson, “Food and Agricultural Biotechnology: Ethical Issues Behind the Research Choices,” The IPTS Report, 50 (December 2000): (Simultaneously published in English, French, Spanish and German).

P. B. Thompson, “The Ethics of Truth-Telling and the Problem of Risk,” Science and Engineering Ethics 5(4)[1999]: 489-511.

P. B. Thompson and A. Nardone, “Sustainable Livestock Production: Methodological and Ethical Challenges,” Livestock Production Science 61(1999): 111-119.

P. B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues in Livestock Cloning,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 11(1999): 197-217.

P. B. Thompson, “From a Philosopher’s Perspective, How Should Animal Scientists Meet the Challenge of Contentious Issues?” Journal of Animal Science 77(1999): 372-377.

D. M. Vietor, P. B. Thompson, M. L. Wolfe and David Jones. “UD-R-ALL Dairy: A Decision Case about Dairy Expansion,” Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education 28(1999): 9-16.

P. B. Thompson, “Have Americans Accepted Food Biotechnology?” Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues Third Quarter 1998, 31-33.

H. O. Kunkel, P. B. Thompson, B. A. Miller, and C. L. Skaggs, “Use of Competing Conceptions of Risk in Animal Agriculture,” Journal of Animal Science 76(1998): 706-713.

P. B. Thompson, “Food Biotechnology’s Challenge to Cultural Integrity and Individual Consent,” Hastings Center Report, 27(4): 34-38 (July-August 1997).

P. B. Thompson, “Ethics and the Genetic Engineering of Food Animals,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 10(1997): 1-23.

P. B. Thompson, “Science Policy and Moral Purity: The Case of Animal Biotechnology,” Agriculture and Human Values 14(1997): 11-27.

W. E. Grant and P. B. Thompson, “Integrated Ecological Models: Simulation of Socio-cultural Constraints on Ecological Dynamics,” Ecological Modeling 100(1997): 43-59.

P. B. Thompson, “Sustainability as a Norm,” Techné: Technology in Culture and Concept 2(2): 75-94 (Winter 1997).

P. B. Thompson and W. E. Dean, “Competing Conceptions of Risk,” Risk: Health, Safety and Environment 7(4): 361-384, (1996).

P. B. Thompson, “Food Labels and the Ethics of Consent,” Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues First Quarter 1996, 11-13.

P. B. Thompson, “Conceptions of Property and the Biotechnology Debate,” Bioscience 45(4): 275-282, April 1995.

D. M. Vietor, J. M. Chandler, P. B. Thompson, and M. L. Kitchersid. “Should Public Funds Support Biotechnology Development? A Case About Herbicide Resistant Cotton,” Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education. 24(1995): 173-178.

P.B. Thompson, “Animals in the Agrarian Ideal,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 6 (special supplement 1): 36-49, (1993).

P.B. Thompson, “Genetically Modified Animals: Ethical Issues,” Journal of Animal Science 7(3): 51-56, (1993).

P.B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues Facing the Food Industry,” Journal of Food Distribution Research (February): 12-22, (1993).

P.B. Thompson, “The Varieties of Sustainability,” Agriculture and Human Values 9(4):11-19, (1992).

P.B. Thompson and D.N. Kutach, “Agricultural Ethics in Rural Education,” Peabody Journal of Education, 67(4): 131-153, (1990), Published 1992.

P.B. Thompson, “Designing Animals: Ethical Issues for Genetic Engineers,” Journal of Dairy Science, 75:2294-2303, (1992).

P.B. Thompson, “Reply to Valverde,” Risk: Issues in Health and Safety, 1(3): 49-57, (1992).

P.B. Thompson, “Agrarianism and the American Philosophical Tradition,” Agriculture and Human Values 7(1): 3-8, (1990).

P.B. Thompson, “Risk Subjectivism and Risk Objectivism: When Are Risks Real?” Risk: Issues in Health and Safety, 1(1): 3-19, (1990).

P.B. Thompson, “Values and Food Production,” The Journal of Agricultural Ethics, 2:209-223, (1989).

P.B. Thompson, “Agriculture, Biotechnology, and the Political Evaluation of Risk,” Policy Studies Journal, 17(1): 97-108, (1988).

H. O. Kunkel and P.B. Thompson, “Interests and Values in National Nutrition Policy in the United States,” The Journal of Agricultural Ethics, 1(4): 241-256 (1988).

P.B. Thompson, “Ethical Issues in Agriculture: The Need for Recognition and Reconciliation,” Agriculture and Human Values, 5(4):4-15 (1988).

P.B. Thompson, “Of Cabbages and Kings,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 2(1): 69-88, (1988); reprinted in Ethics and Agriculture, Charles V. Blatz, ed. (Moscow: 1991, Idaho University Press), 577-584.

P.B. Thompson, “Ethics in Agricultural Research,” The Journal of Agricultural Ethics, 1(1): 11-20, (1988).

P.B. Thompson, “Agricultural Biotechnology and the Rhetoric of Risk: Some Conceptual Issues,” The Environmental Professional, 9:316-326 (1987).

P.B. Thompson, “Collective Action and the Analysis of Risk,” Public Affairs Quarterly 1(2):23-42 (1987).

P.B. Thompson, “The Social Goals of Agriculture,” Agriculture and Human Values 3(4): 32-42 (1986).

P.B. Thompson, “The Philosophical Foundations of Risk,” The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 24:273-286 (1986).

P.B. Thompson, “Uncertainty Arguments in Environmental Issues,” Environmental Ethics, 8(1): 59-75 (1986).

P.B. Thompson, “Collective Responsibility and Professional Roles,” The Journal of Business Ethics, 5:151-154 (1986).

P.B. Thompson, “Risking or Being Willing,” The Journal of Value Inquiry, 19:301-310 (1985).

P.B. Thompson, “Need and Safety: The Nuclear Power Debate,” Environmental Ethics, 6(1): 57-69 (1984).

P.B. Thompson, “Two Types of Practical Philosophy,” Philosophy In Context, 13:9-16 (1983).

P.B. Thompson, “Risk, Ethics and Agriculture,” The Journal of Environmental Systems, 13:137-155 (1983-84); also published in R. Haynes & R. Lanier, Eds. Agriculture, Change and Human Values (Gainesville, FL: 1983, The Agriculture and Humanities Program) 528-548.

P.B. Thompson, “Ellul on Technology,” Cross Currents 33(2): 33-42 (1983).

P.B. Thompson, “Privacy and the Urinalysis Testing of Athletes,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 9:60-65 (1982); reprinted in Philosophic Inquiry in Sport, W. J. Morgan and K. V. Meier, eds. (Champaign, IL: 1988, Human Kinetics Publishers), 313-318.

P.B. Thompson, “Bolzano’s Deducibility and Tarski’s Logical Consequence,” History and Philosophy of Logic, 2:11-20 (1981).