Dr. Peter Denton
Dr. Peter H. Denton is Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he has taught since 2003 primarily as a subject matter expert in technology, warfare and society. He designed and taught the first RMC graduate course on religion and modern war, which led to editing and publishing an anthology of his work and that of his students through the Canadian Defence Academy Press (Believers in the Battlespace: Religion, Ideology and War, 2011).

He is the author or editor of five books, including Technology and Sustainability (RMB, 2014) and Gift Ecology: Reimagining a Sustainable World (RMB, 2012) and contributed to Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet (RMB, 2014). He is also a regular contributor to the Canadian Military Journal and to Essays in Philosophy, for which journal he edited the January 2015 issue on the philosophy of democracy and contributed an article (“The End of Democracy”).

Denton is an instructor in Technical Communications and Ethics at Red River College, and teaches ethics by distance education for the Philosophy Department at the University of Manitoba. He is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics. An ordained minister of the United Church of Canada, he holds five degrees, culminating in a Ph.D. in Religion and the Social Sciences (McMaster).

He is currently one of the two Regional Representatives for Major Groups and Stakeholders in North America to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In that capacity, he attended the first United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi (June 2014) and related meetings, which led to an invitation to participate in the Global Intergovernmental Multi-Stakeholder Consultations for GEO 6, UNEP’s next planetary survey. At these meetings in Berlin in October 2014, he was elected and served as Rapporteur, responsible for the consultation outcome documents that established the parameters for GEO 6. He was subsequently appointed a Chapter Lead Author for the North American Regional Assessment in GEO 6.

He blogs and can be followed on Twitter @green_ethics.


Other Related Publications and Presentations

“Technology and Sustainability: Changing Our Perspective.” Perspectives 13 (March 2014). Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch, United Nations Environment Programme. 12 pp.

“Religion: Friend or Foe?” OpenCanada.org Religion and Policy Series (December 16, 2013). http://opencanada.org/features/the-think-tank/comments/religion-friend-or-foe/

“From Battlespace to Battlesphere.” Canadian Military Journal 12 No. 4 (Fall 2012), 26-34

“Believers in the Battlespace.” Canadian Military Journal 9 No. 1 (Fall 2008), 100-01

“The End of Asymmetry: Force Disparity and the Aims of War.” Canadian Military Journal 7 No. 2 (Summer 2006), 23-28. Reprinted in The Difficult War: Perspectives on Insurgency and Special Operations Forces, ed. Emily Spencer (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press/Dundurn Press, 2009), 43-52

Restivo, Sal and Peter H. Denton, eds. Battleground: Science and Technology. 2 vols. (Greenwood Press, November 2008)

Moderator, Panel Discussion on “The Public Impact of Injuries,” at the Deer Lodge Centre Operational Stress Injury Conference, “Military Trauma: The New Generation of War Injuries,” Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, April 24-25, 2008

“Technology, Religion and Human Security in the 21st Century.” University of Winnipeg (40th Anniversary Lecture Series), November 22, 2007

The Philosophy of Technology, edited with introduction: “On the Nature of Technology.” Essays in Philosophy Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2005) http://www.humboldt.edu/~essays/

The ABC of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion and the Next War, 1919–1938
. SUNY Series on Science, Technology and Society, ed. Sal Restivo and Jennifer Croissant. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001. Xxvi + 174 pp.
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