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David Skrbina (born June 11, 1960) is an American activist and philosopher, a pioneer of ecophilosophy. He stood for the office of Lieutenant Governor for the U.S. state of Michigan as the Green Party candidate in 2006, as the running mate of Douglas Campbell.
Skrbina was born and raised in the Detroit area. In 1993 he received his master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He attended the University of Bath, gaining a doctorate in philosophy there in 2001. He is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan's Dearborn campus.
He has developed an ecologically-centered worldview encompassing ethics, metaphysics, and cosmology. He is Deputy Director of the Eco-Philosophy Center. He has been active in the University of Michigan calling for divestment from Israel.
Skrbina published his first book, Panpsychism in the West (ISBN 0-262-19522-4), in 2005. Addressing the themes of historical acceptance of panpsychism, its treatment in contemporary scientific and academic discussions, and the ethical implications of panpsychism, the book was well received by critics.
Skrbina has also edited an anthology of panpsychist writings, Mind That Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millennium (Benjamins, 2009).
His most recent work includes a ground-breaking and critical analysis of technology. On Skrbina's view, technology is an evolutionary process that operates with the force of natural law. It is universal in extent, encompassing much more than mere human-made technological devices. Only such a conception, he argues, can explain its autonomous advance in the world. As such, technology is a profound threat to both humanity and the planet. See The Metaphysics of Technology (Routledge, 2015).
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