Professor of Philosophy
Thorp's current research spans two specific areas of political philosophy: the archaic Greek origins of democracy and the political foundations of wilderness philosophy. He is the founding director of "Greater Yellowstone College," an association of environmental philosophers interested in the study and active support of the Yellowstone ecosystem and he directs the undergraduate fieldwork project co-sponsored by SXU and The Yellowstone Association, "The Yellowstone Project."
His recent and forthcoming publications include:
- "'til human voices wake us . . .' The aporia-fish in the Meno" in Plato's Animals, edited by Michael Naas and Jeremy Bell. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, (forthcoming)
- "Eating Wolves" in Old World and New World Perspectives in Environmental Philosophy: Transatlantic Conversations, edited by Martin Drenthen and Jozef Keulartz. Switzerland: Springer Publishing (2014)
- "Solon on the origins of Class" in Living with Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, edited by Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2013)
- "'Now that it has left its stump on the mountain;' the withdrawal of Nature in Iliad I," Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Independent Meeting, Ancient Philosophy Society (April 2011)
He is co-author of a book about the ontological foundations of democracy:
- Brian Seitz and Thomas Thorp, The Iroquois and the Athenians: A Political Ontology. Lanham: Lexington/Roman and Littlefield (2013)
He is currently completing a book (Eating Wolves) about wilderness ontology and the peculiar features of wolf-loathing in the contemporary American West.