Ross Jensen

Ross Jensen
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Graduate Fellow (2020-2021)
  • Ecologically-informed neo-Aristotelian ethics and politics

Ross Jensen is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, and professionally he mostly studies ethics and social/political philosophy. More specifically, his research interests cluster around the virtues, moral psychology, land stewardship, localism/regionalism, democracy, and social traditions. Aristotle, Wendell Berry, and Alasdair MacIntyre are among the preeminent tutelary spirits of his philosophical imaginary.

Jensen’s dissertation will sketch out an ecologically-informed neo-Aristotelian ethics and politics. Chapters of special interest will include those on the nature of love of one’s home place, the relationship between such love and knowledge of one’s home place, and a bioregional conception of political sovereignty, respectively. The dissertation will draw on work not only in several areas of philosophy but also in other disciplines, including anthropology, ecology, economics, history, political theory, and sociology.
Unprofessionally, Jensen is, among other things, an aspiring naturalist (think Audubon, not Quine), a good-timing Methodist (think Wesley, not Descartes), and a proud son of the American West who was raised in three of the Four Corners states.