Charles T. Rubin

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Charles T. Rubin
Occupation(s)Professor and author
SpouseLeslie Rubin (m. 1981)
Academic background
Alma materCase Western Reserve University & Boston College
Academic work
InstitutionsDuquesne University & Princeton University
Main interestsTranshumanism Environmentalism

Charles T. Rubin is a political science professor, philosopher and writer.[1][2] Rubin was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended nearby Case Western Reserve University, receiving a bachelor's degree in philosophy and political science in 1975.[3] He went on to study at Boston College, where he graduated with a doctoral degree in 1983 and also where he met his wife Leslie Rubin, a fellow political science academic.[4] Rubin and his wife taught at Kenyon College before both moving to Duquesne University as professors and raising their children.[5] Rubin began at Duquesne as an assistant professor in 1987 and continued teaching there for over 30 years. He was appointed as an endowed chair in 2019.[6]

Rubin is the author of The Green Crusade, a 1998 book which questions the scientific basis for claims and predictions made by environmentalists, specifically naming Rachel Carson and Paul Erlich.[7][8][9] In 2008, the President's Council on Bioethics commissioned two essays by Rubin on upholding human dignity, which he titled "Human Dignity and the Future of Man" and "Commentary on Bostrom". In 2014, his book Eclipse of Man was released. In it, Rubin considers the advancements of technology and cautions against hasty adoption of transhumanism.[10][11][12][13]


  • Rubin, Charles T.; Rubin, Leslie G. (1984). The Quest for Justice. Lexington, MA: Ginn Press. ISBN 978-0536059581.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (Spring 1989). "Environmental Policy and Environmental Thought: Commoner and Ruckelshaus". Environmental Ethics Magazine. 11 (1). Athens, GA: 27–51. doi:10.5840/enviroethics198911124.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (1996). "First contact: Copernican moment or nine day's wonder?". In Kingsley, Stuart A.; Lemarchand, Guillermo A. (eds.). The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum II: 31 January-1 February 1996, San Jose, California, Band 2704. Proceedings of SPIE - the International Society for Optical Engineering. Bellingham, WA: SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering. pp. 161–184. ISBN 978-0-8194-2078-7.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (1 March 1998). The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-08-476-8817-3.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (7 June 2000). Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue, and American Liberal Democracy. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-08-476-9716-8.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (Fall 2007). "Thumos in Space". The New Atlantis (18): 66–71.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (March 2008). "Commentary on Bostrom". Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics. Washington, DC: 207–211.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (March 2008). "Human Dignity and the Future of Man". Human Dignity and Bioethics: Essays Commissioned by the President's Council on Bioethics. Washington, DC: 155–172.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (5 November 2008). "What is the Good of Transhumanism?". In Chadwick, Ruth; Gordijn, Bert (eds.). Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity (PDF). Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-90-481-8005-9. Archived (PDF) from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (2 September 2014). Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress. Encounter Books. ISBN 978-1-5940-3736-8.
  • Rubin, Charles T. (17 May 2016). "Opinion: Transhumanists are searching for a dystopian future". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 28 November 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2022.


  1. ^ Cave, Stephen (20 March 2015). "Rise of the machines: is there anything to fear?". The Financial Times.
  2. ^ Hayward, Stephen (Fall 2000). "Gray Matter on Green Affairs". Claremont Review of Books. 1 (1). Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  3. ^ Marsh, Jeffrey (July 1994). "The Green Crusade, by Charles T. Rubin". Commentary Magazine. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Campus mourns former political science professor". The Duquesne Duke. 19 October 2017. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Coupled: Duquesne professors married to each other and their professions". The Duquesne Duke. 14 February 2013. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  6. ^ "James Madison Society Member Charles T. Rubin Appointed Endowed Chair at Duquesne University". James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. January 17, 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  7. ^ Shearman, David (1997). Green or Gone. Wakefield Press. p. 263. ISBN 978-1862544260. The Green Crusade is a detailed critique of a series of populist writers who are environmentalists, such as Carson, Commoner, Ehrlich, Schumacher, and more recently the proponents of deep ecology. What Rubin says about the frequent lack of scientific backing for many of the claims and predictions made by environmentalists is interesting.
  8. ^ Weinstein, Kenneth R. (November 1994). "The Green Crusade". First Things. 47: 58–60. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  9. ^ "The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 20 April 1994. Archived from the original on 8 June 2022. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  10. ^ Palmer, Michael (January 2016). "Review of "Eclipse of Man, Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress"". The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. 77 (1). Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  11. ^ Blitz, Mark (Fall 2015). "Future Selves". Claremont Review of Books. 15. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  12. ^ Cloer, Dan (Spring 2015). "The Meaning of Life". Vision. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  13. ^ Winyard, David (September 2017). "The Promethean Escape: A Review of Charles Rubin's Eclipse of Man". Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. 6 (10). Retrieved 8 June 2022.