Dr. Joel J. Kassiola

College of Arts & Humanities, San Francisco State University

About Me



THE DEATH OF INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION: THE LIMITS TO ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE REPOLITICIZATION OF ADVANCED INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY. (Albany: The State University of New York Press, 1990). (This book was selected by a group of environmental political scientists with the American Political Science Association as a “leading book in the area of environmental public policy” in 1991. This book was chosen to be included in a volume of summarized books under the Section Title of: “Materialism and Modern Political Philosophy,” in Neva R. Goodwin, Frank Ackerman, and David Kiron, eds. THE CONSUMER SOCIETY, (Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1997), 159-162.)

EXPLORATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICAL THEORY: THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE VALUE. Editor and Contributor. (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2003). [Kassiola, 2003]


“Can Environmental Ethics ‘Solve’ Environmental Problems and Save the World? Yes, But First We Must Recognize the Essential Normative Nature of Environmental Problems.” ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES. 2003, Volume 12, Number 4, 489-514.

“Introduction and Overview: The Nature of Environmental Political Theory,” in
Kassiola, 2003, 3-13.

“The ‘Tragedy’ of Modernity: How Environmental Limits and the Environmental Crisis Produce the Need for Postmodern Values and Institutions,” in Kassiola, 2003, 14-36.

“Questions to Ponder in Understanding the Modern Predicament,” in Kassiola, 2003, 178-188.

“Afterword: The Surprising Value of Despair and the Aftermath of September 11,” in Kassiola, 2003, 189-197.

“Recommended Additional Reading,” [a thematic reading list on the environmental crisis, modernity and political theory], in Kassiola, 2003, 217-237.

“Why Environmental Thought and Action Must Include Considerations of Social Justice,” in John Martin Gilroy and Joe Bowersox, eds. THE MORAL AUSTERITY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION MAKING: SUSTAINABILITY, DEMOCRACY, AND NORMATIVE ARGUMENT IN POLICY AND LAW. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), 37-43. [Gilroy and Bowersox, 2002]

“Why Environmental Public Policy Analysis Must Include Explicit Normative Considerations: Reflections on Seven Illustrations,” in Gilroy and Bowersox, 2002, 236-246.

“Modern Politics, Economics, and Politic—Not Political—Economy,” in CRIME AND WEALTH: READINGS ON THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, edited by John C. Curtin, (New York: American Heritage, 1997), 5-12.

“A Forum on the Role of Environmental Ethics in Restructuring Environmental Policy and Law for the Next Century,” POLICY CURRENTS, Vol. 7, No. 2, June, 1997, 3-4.

“Why ‘Need-Blind’ Admissions is Inadequate: Justice Requires More than Pretending to be Blind to Inequality,” JOURNAL OF PEACE AND JUSTICE STUDIES, Vol. 6, No. 1, (1994) 15-29.

“Rationally Persuasive Writing is Like Housepainting: It’s All in the Preliminaries,” PS: POLITICAL SCIENCE AND POLITICS, Vol. XXV,
No. 3 (September, 1992), 534-537.

“Political Values and Literature: The Contribution of Virtual Experience,”
in Maureen Whitebrook, ed. READING POLITICAL STORIES: REPRESENTATION OF POLITICS IN NOVELS AND PICTURES, (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 1992), 53-72.

“Can Marxism Help Biology?” PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, Vol. 20, No. 4 (December, 1990), 467-482.

“Power and Authority on the Belt Parkway,” in Sidney Aronson et al. eds.
PEOPLE, POWER AND POLITICS, Sixth Edition, (Brooklyn: Brooklyn College Press, 1990), 17-30.

“Nature and Nurture: The Claim of an Evolutionary Analogy Between Biological Genes and ‘Sociogenes’, and Its Payoff, A Review of: EVER-
EXPANDING HORIZONS,” POLITICS AND THE LIFE SCIENCES, Vol. 3, No. 2, (February, 1985), 214-220.

“Paul K. Feyerabend,” entry in Adam Kuper and Jessica Kuper, eds. THE SOCIAL SCIENCE ENCYCLOPEDIA, (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985), 301-302.
“To Be, Or Not To Be Scientific in Political Inquiry?” PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March, 1984), 73-82.

“Feyerabend’s AGAINST METHOD: Epistemology and Political Inquiry,”

“The Limits to Economic Growth: Politicizing Advanced Industrial Society,” PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIAL CRITICISM, Vol. 8, No. 1,
(Spring, 1981), 87-113.

“Fallibilism and Participatory Democracy: The Epistemological Problem of the Management of Error and the Political Problem of the Management of Power,” in Maria J. Falco, ed. THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS: EPISTEMOLOGY AND THE CONDUCT OF INQUIRY: AN ANTHOLOGY,
(Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1979), 287-310.

“Compensatory Justice and the Moral Obligation of Preferential Treatment of Discriminated Groups,” POLITY, Vol. XI, No. 1 (Fall, 1978), 46-66.

“A Comment on Girill’s Dualistic View of Scientific Knowledge as a Resolution of the Kuhn-Popper Debate,” METAPHILOSOPHY, Vol. 7, No. 2 (April, 1976), 149-154.

“Cognitive Relativism, Popper and the Logic of Objectivism,” THE PHILOSOPHICAL FORUM, Vol. VI, (Summer, 1975), 366-379.

Education and Professional Experience
Teaching and
Research Interests
Teaching Philosophy
Academic Honors
Message for the College of BSS (link)
PLSI 353 - Political Theory of the Twentieth Century  
PLSI 354 - Politics, The Environment, and Social Change
PLSI/PHIL 150 Contemporary Moral and Political Issues
PLSI/PHIL 355 - The Politics and the Ethics of the Consumer Society
PLSI 275 - Introduction to Western Political Theory
College of BSS
San Francisco State University
Contact Information

Phone: (415) 338-3463
Fax: (415) 338-1980
Office: HSS 353
E-mail: kassiola@sfsu.edu

Dr. Joel J. Kassiola
College of Arts & Humanities
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132





Last updated November 30, 2006