Nicolas Delon


Hello! I am currently a
Law & Philosophy Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, where I am co-teaching the Law & Philosophy Workshop with Martha Nussbaum. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (PhiCo) in 2014.

I work mainly in ethics, with a focus on connections between value theory and moral status, animals and the environment. I also have interests in experimental philosophy and psychology, and how they bear on the descriptive and normative aspects of our relations to other entities (especially how context, biases and motivated cognition affect our moral judgments). My interests also include environmental studies broadly speaking, animal behavior and cognition, legal, social and political philosophy, the philosophy of death, as well as Bentham, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein. I have taught a broad range of topics in philosophy and environmental/animal studies.

From 2014-2017, I was a post-doc - Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow - for the
Animal Studies Initiative in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University, mentored by Dale Jamieson. I taught courses on animals, ethics, and the environment, served as the Animal Studies minor adviser, and coordinated outreach and public events.

My dissertation, under the supervision of
Sandra Laugier, defends a contextual theory of the moral status of animals [full text; abstract]. I spent the first three years of my PhD with funding at the University of Picardie (and as a member of the interdisciplinary center CURAPP). I also graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), passed the ‘Agrégation’ in philosophy (a national competitive exam for teachers) and studied legal history, jurisprudence, and some ecology.


Just published

Upcoming presentations

  • Urban animals as captives, Colloquium, Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, San Diego, 3/29/18
  • Author meets critics: TJ Kasperbauer, Subhuman, Pacific Division Meeting of the APA, San Diego, 3/29/18
  • Meaningful lives and complicity in collective harms, Great Lakes Philosophy Conference, Adrian, MI, April 6-8, 2018
  • The meaning of animal work, Workshop: Animal Labour, Queen's University, Kingston, May 15-17, 2018

Here are links to my current
You can
contact me at: nd [dot] delon [at] gmail [dot] com

Besides academia, I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter, and cat, vegan cooking and baking, running long distances, riding my bike, and listening to all sorts of music, especially jazz and punk rock.