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Philosophy educator

Paul Banks Thompson, American philosophy educator. International Affairs fellow Council Foreign Relations, 1986-1987; resident fellow Resources for the Future, Washington, 1987; grantee; Rockefeller Foundation, 1987-1993, Kellogg Foundation, 1984-1987, National Science Foundation, 1988-1996, United States Department of Agriculture, 1990-1997.


Thompson, Paul Banks was born on July 22, 1951 in Springfield, Missouri, United States. Son of Richard Elliot and Joan (Banks) Thompson.


Bachelor, Emory University, 1974. Master of Arts, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1979. Doctor of Philosophy, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1980.


He formerly taught at Texas A&M University and Purdue University before joining MSU, where he now teaches and does research on ethical and philosophical questions dealing with agriculture and food and especially the development of agricultural techno-science. Thompson has served on national and international committees on agricultural biotechnology such as the International Advisory Panel for the PEGASUS Project on Animal Biotechnology, the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology for the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources (part of the National Research Council based in Washington DC), The Scientific Advisory Committee for the Mansholt Graduate School at Wageningen University and Research Institute, and was the Chair of the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology's Working Group on Ethics and Animal Agricultural Biotechnology from 2006—2010. Thompson also contributed to the National Research Council report entitled The Environmental Effects of Transgenic Plants.

He is a past President of the Society for Philosophy and Technology and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society.


  • Other Work

    • Author: 23 books. Co-author: 3 books. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Philosophical Association, American Political Science Association, American Agricultural Economics Association, Society Food Agriculture and Human Values (vice president 1987-1989, president 1990-1991).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, music.


Married Edith Diane Lanier, March 28, 1975. Children: Eudora Diane, Walker Lanier.

Richard Elliot Thompson

Joan (Banks) Thompson

Edith Diane Lanier

Eudora Diane Thompson

Walker Lanier Thompson