Derek Turner

Connecticut College

Dr. Derek D. Turner is the Class of 1943 Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, in New London, CT, where he also serves as Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment. His research focuses on philosophical issues in the historical and environmental sciences. He is the author of Making Prehistory: Historical Science and the Scientific Realism Debate (2007), Paleontology: A Philosophical Introduction (2011), and Paleoaesthetics and the Practice of Paleontology (2019). He has also written on issues in environmental philosophy ranging from the precautionary principle, to rewilding and de-extinction, to the ethics of NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) activism.