Steve F. Sapontzis
Steven Frederic Sapontzis

(1945-02-09) February 9, 1945 (age 79)
Notable workMorals, Reason, and Animals
Jeanne Marie Gocker
(m. 1992)
InstitutionsCalifornia State University, East Bay
ThesisMerleau-Ponty and Philosophical Methodology (1971)
Main interests

Steven Frederic Sapontzis[2] (born February 9, 1945) is an American philosopher and professor emeritus of philosophy at California State University, East Bay who specializes in animal ethics, environmental ethics and meta-ethics.

Life and career

Sapontzis was born in New York City, the son of Zissis Peter and Lea Marie Vial Sapontzis.[1] He obtained his BA from Rice University in 1967, his MPhil in 1970, and PhD from Yale University in 1971;[3] his thesis was entitled Merleau-Ponty and Philosophical Methodology.[4] Sapontzis joined the philosophy faculty at California State University, East Bay, in 1971, and became professor emeritus in 1999.[3]

Sapontzis was co-founder in 1985 of the journal Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics and served as its initial co-editor.[5] He was a member of the board of the American Philosophical Quarterly (1991–1994), and sat on the animal welfare research committee at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1986–1990).[6]

In 1983, Sapontzis founded, with his wife, the Hayward Friends of Animals Humane society.[7] They now operate Second Chance, Helping the Pets of People in the Need, in California.[7] Sapontzis was also one of the first members of the board of directors of the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals.[1]

Sapontzis has authored numerous papers,[8] as well as two books: Morals, Reason, and Animals (1987)[9] and Subjective Morals (2011).[10] He also edited the book Food for Thought: The Debate over Eating Meat (2004).[11]

Selected publications



See also


  1. ^ a b c "Steve F. Sapontzis Papers 1978-2001: Summary". NC State University Libraries. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "Books". Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1972: January-June. Library of Congress, Copyright Office. 1974. p. 1318.
  3. ^ a b "Directory of Emeritus Faculty" (PDF). California State University, East Bay. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Sapontzis, Steve Frederic. "Merleau-Ponty and Philosophical Methodology". ProQuest. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  5. ^ Stockwell, John (1985). "Editorial". Between the Species 1 (1): 1–2.
  6. ^ "Morals, Reason and Animals: Steve Sapontzis interviewed by Claudette Vaughan". abolitionist-online. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Woodhall, Andrew; Trindade, Gabriel Garmendia da, eds. (2017). Ethical and Political Approaches to Nonhuman Animal Issues. Springer. p. 96. ISBN 978-3-319-54549-3.
  8. ^ "Steve F. Sapontzis Papers, 1978-2001: Contents". NC State University Libraries. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  9. ^ "Morals, Reason, and Animals". Temple University Press. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  10. ^ "Subjective Morals". Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved January 24, 2024.
  11. ^ Haynes, Richard P. (2008). "Food for Thought. The Debate over Eating Meat by Steve F. Sapontzis" (PDF). Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics. 21: 99–105. doi:10.1007/s10806-007-9056-7.