Steve F. Sapontzis

Steve 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.

Steve F. Sapontzis
Steve Frederic Sapontzis

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

Life and work

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. He 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.[4] 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).[5] In 1983, Sapontzis founded, with his wife, the Hayward Friends of Animals Humane society.[6] They now operate Second Chance, Helping the Pets of People in the Need, in California.[6] 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 authored Morals, Reason, and Animals, in 1987, Subjective Morals, in 2011, and edited Food for Thought: The Debate over Eating Meat; published in 2004.

Selected publications


  • Morals, Reason, and Animals. Temple University Press, 1987.
  • (ed.) Food for Thought: The Debate over Eating Meat. Prometheus Books, 2004.
  • Subjective Morals. University Press of America, 2011.


  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1977). "Direct Perception, Some Further Comments". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 37 (4): 556–565. doi:10.2307/2106436. ISSN 0031-8205. JSTOR 2106436.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1978). "A Note on Merleau-Ponty's "Ambiguity"". Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 38 (4): 538–543. doi:10.2307/2106575. ISSN 0031-8205. JSTOR 2106575.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1980). "Are Animals Moral Beings?". American Philosophical Quarterly. 17 (1): 45–52. ISSN 0003-0481. JSTOR 20009783.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1981). "A Critique of Personhood". Ethics. 91 (4): 607–618. doi:10.1086/292273. ISSN 0014-1704. JSTOR 2380296. S2CID 170292757.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1983). "Moral Value and Reason". The Monist. 66 (1): 146–159. doi:10.5840/monist19836616. ISSN 0026-9662. JSTOR 27902793.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1984). "Predation". Ethics and Animals. 5 (2): 27–38. doi:10.15368/ea.1984v5n2.1. ISSN 0197-9094.
  • Sapontzis, Steve F. (1985). "Moral Community and Animal Rights". American Philosophical Quarterly. 22 (3): 251–257. ISSN 0003-0481. JSTOR 20014103.
  • Sapontzis, S. F. (1987). "Moral Relativism: A Causal Interpretation and Defense". American Philosophical Quarterly. 24 (4): 329–337. ISSN 0003-0481. JSTOR 20014210.
  • Sapontzis, Steve F. (1990). "Groundwork for a Subjective Theory of Ethics". American Philosophical Quarterly. 27 (1): 27–38. ISSN 0003-0481. JSTOR 20014309.

See also


  1. "Steve F. Sapontzis Papers 1978-2001". NC State University Libraries. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  2. Sapontzis, Steve Frederic (1971). Merleau-Ponty and Philosophical Methodology (PhD thesis). Yale University.
  3. "Directory of Emeritus Faculty" (PDF). California State University, East Bay. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  4. Stockwell, John (1985). "Editorial". Between the Species 1 (1): 1–2.
  5. "Morals, Reason and Animals: Steve Sapontzis interviewed by Claudette Vaughan". abolitionist-online. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  6. 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.
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