Holmes Rolston, III, PhD.

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus


Fields of Expertise

Anthropology, History, Sociology

Areas of Interest

Environmental ethics, Philosophy of biology, Science and religion


Dr. Rolston is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University. He has written six books, acclaimed in critical notice in both professional journals and the national press. He was awarded the Templeton Prize in Religion in 2003, awarded by H.R.H. Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace. He was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University in 2005. Professor Rolston has spoken as distinguished lecturer on all seven continents. He gave the opening conference address to the Royal Institute of Philosophy annual conference, Cardiff, Wales, 1993. He was Distinguished Lecturer in Beijing, China, at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of Philosophy. He participated by invitation in pre-conferences and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, 1992, where he was an official observer. He spoke at the World Congress of Philosophy, Moscow, 1993, and again in Boston, 1998. He was distinguished Visiting Professor of Bioethics, Yale University, 2005-2006.