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Faculty: Matthew C. Halteman

Matthew C. Halteman, Associate Professor, Philosophy

Hiemenga Hall 356

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curriculum vitae (.pdf)

Educational Background

PhD, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2004
BA summa cum laude, Philosophy, Literature, Wheaton College, 1995


Research Interests

20th-Century European Philosophy, Hermeneutics, Deconstruction, Animal Ethics


Living Toward the Peaceable Kingdom: Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation, Washington, DC: Humane Society of the United States Animals and Religion, 2008.

“Matt Halteman just might have written the single best brief presentation of the case for animal compassion. If I had only one book to give to friends interested in the intersection of faith and animal welfare, this would be it.”
– Stephen H. Webb (Wabash College), author of On God and Dogs: A Christian Theology of Animal Compassion


Recent Publications/Presentations

"Knowing the Standard American Diet by Its Fruits: Is Unrestrained Omnivorism Spiritually Beneficial?" Interpretation 67, October 2013.

"Religion and the Sublime," (with Andrew Chignell) in The Sublime: From Antiquity to the Present, ed. Timothy M. Costelloe, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

"Varieties of Harm to Animals in Industrial Farming," The Journal of Animal Ethics, 1 (2): 122-131. Fall 2011.

"On the Problematic Origin of the Forms: Plotinus, Derrida, and the Neoplatonic Subtext of Deconstruction’s Critique of Ontology,” Continental Philosophy Review 39, November 2006.

Review of Mark Dooley and Liam Kavanagh’s The Philosophy of Derrida, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2008.04.07.

(access these articles and more here)

Hobbies and Interests

Family, friendship, philosophy as a way of life, animal advocacy, cooking and eating, music of all kinds, running

Additional information

Prof. Halteman is a fellow in the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and serves as a member of the Humane Society of the United States Faith Advisory Council.

He is also the founder and
co-convener of Wake Up Weekend, an annual animal advocacy festival in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wake Up Weekend

Read about his recent booklet for the Humane Society of the United States and read about his award-winning interim class.