Yogi | Philosopher | Writer | Environmentalist | Musician
J. M. Aris Donaho Kincaid, Ph.D. is a Professor of Philosophy, Yoga & Meditation in the tradition of ShambhavAnanda Yoga. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. He also holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy in New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Currently underway, Aris is authoring two books: “Being Human: Of Nature and Consciousness” and “The Forest.”
Aris taught Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Writing and Rhetoric as a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2013 to 2019, specializing in ethics and environmental philosophy. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Ethics at the Colorado State University Department of Philosophy in 2018. He was also a Visiting Fellow at the University of North Texas’ Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity working on the Future of Energy Project in 2012.
At CU Boulder, Aris sits on the Committee on Environmental Thought continuing its project to constitute a theoretical framework for understanding human nature, the human-nature relationship, and the moral obligations extant of justificatory beings of consciousness. To that end, his dissertation Help or High Water demonstrates the ‘duty to rectify’ as a heuristic for evaluating moral obligations necessitated by wrongdoing, specifically by studying the injustice of human displacement by anthropogenic climate change. His Master’s thesis at Bard, To Frack or Not to Frack, examines the ideology of risk in the politics of fracking.
He also played in the Colorado band Hugh Manatee.