Brian G. Henning, Ph.D.

ChairsProfessor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
Faculty Fellow for Sustainability
Gonzaga University

Welcome to my homepage. I am Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies and Faculty Fellow for Sustainability at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
I was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and was raised in Boise, Idaho, where I graduated from Boise High School. I received my BA summa cum laude from Seattle University and my MA, MPhil, and PhD in philosophy from Fordham University in New York City. After teaching for five years at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, MD, I joined Gonzaga University in 2008. (Why I left the Mount.)

I regularly teach Environmental Ethics and Ethics of Global Climate Change, both of which count toward the Philosophy Major/Minor as well as the Environmental Studies Major/Minor. Outside of teaching, my service to the Gonzaga community focuses primarily on environmental issues through my work with the Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability which I helped found in 2008. More recently, my work on this has shifted from operations to curriculum, where I am working to create a Sustainability Across the Curriculum initiative called the Cataldo Project. Recently I have also become interested in the topic of fossil fuel divestment at Gonzaga University, authoring a white paper to our Board of Trustees

Philosophically, I am interested in the intersection of metaphysics, aesthetics, and ethics. At this rich crossroad I find inspiration from the 20th century's most important systematic philosopher, Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947). I work to advance the study of his philosophy of organism as Director of Research for the Whitehead Research Project, Executive Editor of the Critical Edition of Whitehead, and Co-Editor of Contemporary Whitehead Studies book series.  

See my curriculum vitae for a complete list of my scholarly adventures. You can find more about my books and articles here