I like these efforts to instill a moral philosophy in aspects of the natural world that have traditionally been neglected, or at the very least to understand that these are all active agents in our understanding and survival in this world. They actively engage us in our understanding of life and mitigate the environment in often subtle ways. They deserve at the very least moral consideration.

Plants as Persons: The Moral Standing of Plants Matthew Hall of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh has recently authored a book that surveys contrasting attitudes in various cultures throughout the world towards the plant kingdom and present those attitudes in relation to philosophical underpinnings. In short, to reposition plants as entities worthy of moral attention. According to the website for the book: Drawing on Western philosophy, botanical history, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Pagan … Read More


By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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