Jeff Johnson

Associate Professor, Department Chair

651-690-6801

jtjohnson@stkate.edu

Jeff teaches a wide range of courses, including Ethics, Food Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Logic, and interdisciplinary courses with colleagues on topics like Animal Ethics, Asian Philosophy, and Effective Altruism. His main aim in his teaching is to help students see how philosophy connects with their lives outside the classroom.

In his research, he focuses on issues in practical ethics, mostly to do with the ethics of eating animals, food ethics more broadly, environmental ethics, and effective altruism. His main aim in his research is to attend to contexts in which we make use of moral terms as a way to bring out details he worries we often overlook in our engagement with ethical issues.

Jeff is co-president of the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals, the program committee chair for the North American Wittgenstein Society, and the faculty advisor for the St. Kate's student group Advocating for Animals.

He does a good bit of public outreach, mostly around the ethics of eating animals, by engaging with communities impacted by factory farming, giving public talks and serving on panel discussions, writing op-eds and letters, and volunteering with animal advocacy organizations. Jeff is on the board of Compassionate Action for Animals and he’s a member of the Humane Society of the United States Minnesota State Council where he focuses on farm animal issues.

When Jeff's not doing philosophy, he likes to walk, ride his bike, take transit, and cook and eat tasty plant-based Ethiopian, Nepali, Szechuan, and Cambodian food.

Personal website

Ph.D., Philosophy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006

Master of Arts, Philosophy
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy
Humboldt State University, Arcate, California, 1997

St. Catherine University. (2015). Recognized as Mentor to Student Leaders

St. Catherine University. (2015). Nominated for Teaching Award

St. Catherine University. (2014). Recognized as Mentor to Student Leaders

Minnesota Philosophical Society. (2009, 2012). Elected President

Minnesota Philosophical Society. (2008, 2011). Elected Vice President

Newspaper

Johnson, J. (2013). "For animals, a better way of life." Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Johnson, J. (2012). "Now We've Seen What Ag Industry Would Hide." Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Johnson, J. (2012). "Do dairy farmers really care about their cows?" Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Book Review

Johnson, J. (2013). "Review of "When Words Are Called For"."

Journal Article

Johnson, J. (2015). "Humanely Killed?" The Journal of Animal Ethics.

Johnson, J. (2014). "On the Ethics of Undercover Investigations and Ag-Gag Legislation." The Northern Plains Ethics Journal.

Johnson, J. (2010). "Grace's Unspeakable Truths." Essays in Philosophy.

Newsletter

Johnson, J. (2013). Seeing For Ourselves.

Johnson, J. (2016). Welfare and Productivity in Animal Agriculture. Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics Summer School

Johnson, J. (2016). Welfare and Productivity in Animal Agriculture. St. Catherine University Philosophy Department Colloquium

Johnson, J. (2015). Welfare and Productivity in Animal Agriculture. Minnesota Philosophical Society

Johnson, J. (2015). The Ethics of Eating Animals. Twin Cities Veg Fest

Johnson, J., Leibel, R. & Pech, G. (2014). "Living With Our Concepts." Philosophy Unbound

Johnson, J., Leibel, R. & Pech, G. (2014). "Theory and the Practical in Ethics." Minnesota Philosophical Society

Johnson, J., Leibel, R. & Pech, G. (2014). "Rough Ground in Teaching Animal Ethics." American Association of Philosophy Teachers Bi-Annual Conference

Johnson, J., Leibel, R. & Pech, G. (2014). "Between Table-Thumping and Poetry: Thinking Philosophically about Food Ethics." Second Annual Food Justice and Peace Conference

Johnson, J. (2014). "Symposium on Food Ethics Commentator." American Philosophical Association – Pacific Division

Johnson, J. (2013). "Panelist." First Universalist Church: Panel Discussion on Sustainable Agriculture

Johnson, J. (2013). "Shifting Focus in Talking About Animal Issues." Their Lives Our Voices

Johnson, J. (2013). "The Ethics of Eating Animals." Twin Cities Veg Fest

Johnson, J. (2013). "Panelist on Public Philosophy." Minnesota Philosophical Society

Johnson, J. (2013). "Humanely Raised/Humanely Killed." Thirtieth International Social Philosophy Conference

Johnson, J. (2013). "Humanely Raised/Humanely Killed." 2013 North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies

Johnson, J. (2013). "Humanely Raised/Humanely Killed." St. Catherine University Philosophy Department Colloquium

Johnson, J. (2012). "Should We Eat Them?" Global Gateways and Local Connections: Cities, Agriculture, and the Future of Food Systems

Johnson, J. (2011). "Saying It's True." Minnesota Philosophical Society

Johnson, J. (2011). "What makes food authentic?" Minnesota Philosophical Society

Johnson, J. (2011). "Remarks on Food Ethics." Beyond Your Plate: Panel Discussion

Johnson, J. (2011). "Defining Authentic Food." Philosophy Department Colloquium

Johnson, J. (2011). "What makes food authentic?" Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky