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Philosophy of religion
Born in Alabama and educated at Vanderbilt University and the University of Arizona, he was hired by Northern Illinois University in 1988. Engel has also served as Guest Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (1999) and University of Maribor, Slovenia (1999–2002).
Engel is a "moral vegetarian" (vegan)—the belief that we are morally obligated to refrain from eating meat—and has argued that virtually all humans hold beliefs that, if consistently applied, would make them moral vegetarians as well.
In his spare time, Engel practices the ancient art of karate. He also offered a beginners course for students at Northern Illinois University.
Professor Engel has been Executive Secretary of The Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals since September, 2002.
- "Tierethik, Tierrechte und moralische Integrität". Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tierethik (Hrsg.). Tierrechte - Eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung. Erlangen 2007. ISBN 978-3-89131-417-3
- "The Immorality of Eating Meat". Louis P. Pojman (Hrsg.). The Moral Life. New York/Oxford 2000.
- "Internalism, the Gettier Problem, and Metaepistemological Skepticism", Grazer Philosophische Studien 60 (2000).
- "The Possibility of Maximal Greatness Examined: A Critique of Plantinga’s Modal Ontological Argument", Acta Analytica 19 (1997).
- "Coarsening Brand on Events, While Proliferating Davidsonian Events", Grazer Philosophische Studien 47 (1994).
- "The Problem of Other Minds: A Reliable Solution", Acta Analytica 11 (1993).
- "Is Epistemic Luck Compatible with Knowledge?", Southern Journal of Philosophy XXX 2 (1992).
- "Personal and Doxastic Justification in Epistemology", Philosophical Studies 67 (1992).
- "Russellizing Russell: A Reply to His 'A Critique of Lehrer's Coherentism'", Philosophical Studies 66 (1992).
- "Inconsistency: The Coherence Theorist's Nemesis", Grazer Philosophische Studien 40 (1991).
- "Coherentism Reliabilized", Acta Analytica (1986).
- Faculty – NIU – Department of Philosophy.
- Mylan Engel, Jr. "The Immorality of Eating Meat," in The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature, Louis P. Pojman, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 856-89
- Faculty web page at the Northern Illinois University
- Video of his lecture "Do Animals Have Rights, and Does It Matter if They Don't?" at the Interdisciplinary Lectures on Animal Rights at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg on the 7th of June 2006
- Northern Star, "Tackling the tough issues: Philosophy professor specializes in ethics; champions animal rights"
- Mylan Engel's posts at animalethics.blogspot.com
- A widely read article by Prof. Engel - "Why YOU Are Committed to the Immorality of Eating Meat” and “The Immorality of Eating Meat”. Also posted here, here and here.