(Yogi) YH Hendlin

dr. (Yogi) YH Hendlin
Erasmus School of Philosophy ESPhil
Burg. Oudlaan 50, Rotterdam
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Dr. Yogi Hale Hendlin is an environmental philosopher and public health scientist. Hendlin is assistant professor at the Erasmus School of Philosophy, and core faculy of the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative at Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as research associate in the Environmental Health Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco. Hendlin's research has been published in journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, MMWR, American Journal of Public Health, Environmental Ethics, Ambio, and Environmental Philosophy. The international press regularly features Hendlin's public health research.

Hendlin's interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects tackle major questions in philosophy of biology, environmental philosophy, and political philosophy. Hendlin's epistemological inquiries into public health follow the via negativa of agnotology, comprehending the systemic transmission of ignorance.

Hendlin earned a PhD in Philosophy (magna cum laude) at the University of Kiel, Germany in 2015; holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, and the London School of Economics; and held postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Vienna and the University of California, San Francisco. Hendlin was designated a 2020 Brocher Foundation Fellow.

Current research projects focus on the monographs Industrial Epidemics: Chronic Disease and the Corporate Determinants of Health and Interspecies Politics: Valuing Difference in the Biotic Community.

Further information (and blog) can be found at: www.yogihendlin.com

Areas of PhD Supervision

  1. Environmental Philosophy (especially biosemiotics, and environmental/ ecological justice)
  2. Bioethics, Medical, Business, and Public Health Ethics
  3. Political Philosophy (especially intergenerational justice, philosophy of the commons, and discourse ethics and its critics)
  4. Pragmatism (especially Peirce, Mead, and neo-pragmatists)
  5. Philosophy of Biology (especially Extended Evolutionary Synthesis-based) and Ecology
  6. 5EA Cognition / Human Ethology
  7. Social Epistemologies



      • Y.H. Hendlin (2020). Adrian Bardon’s The Truth About Denial [Bespreking van het boek The Truth About Denial: Bias and Self-Deception in Science, Politics, and Religion]. Tijdschrift voor filosofie.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2019). Methodologies of Curiosity: Epistemology, Practice, and the Question of Animal Minds. Review of: Frans de Waal’s Are We Smart Enough to Understand How Smart Animals Are? [Bespreking van het boek Frans de Waal’s Are We Smart Enough to Understand How Smart Animals Are?]. Biosemiotics.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2018). Luce Irigaray and Michael Marder's Through Vegetal Veing [Bespreking van het boek Through Vegetal Being]. Environmental Values.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2016). Jamie Lorimer’s Wildlife in the Anthropocene [Bespreking van het boek Wildlife in the Anthropocene]. Environmental Values, 25(5).
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2014). Michael Marder’s Plant-Thinking [Bespreking van het boek Plant-Thinking]. Environmental Values, 23(5).
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2014). Stephanie Rutherford’s Governing the Wild [Bespreking van het boek Governing the Wild]. Environmental Politics, 23(4).
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2013). William Ophuls’ Plato’s Revenge [Bespreking van het boek Plato’s Revenge]. Environmental Ethics, 34(4).
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2012). Andrew Szasz’s Shopping Our Way to Safety [Bespreking van het boek Shopping Our Way to Safety]. Environmental Politics, 21(5).
        • M. Tønnessen, Y.H. Hendlin & J. Beever (2017). A World of Signs: In Memory of John Deely (1942-2017). In A World of Signs: In Memory of John Deely (1942-2017). (pp. 211-213). Zeitschrift für Semiotik
        • J. Beeves, M. Tønnessen & Y.H. Hendlin (2017). Interview with Wendy Wheeler. In Interview with Wendy Wheeler. (pp. 177-187). Zeitschrift für Semiotik
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2020, januari 30). The Tandem Evolution of Rights for Women and Rights for Nature: An Ecofeminist Perspective on State Recognition. Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Positive State Obligations concerning Fundamental Rights workshop.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2020, januari 29). Biotechnology, the Environment, and Unintended Consequences. "Film Lecture on “Little Joe.". Tiger College, Erasmus Studium Generale., International Film Festival Rotterdam.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2020, februari 6). Integrating Spirituality into the Social Sciences and Humanities. Hilversum, NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) Social Sciences and Humanities Synergy 2020 Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2020, februari 11). Great Transitions: Whether we want them or not. Leiden, Leiden University Sustainability Week.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2020, februari 1). Agnotology: Studying Denial. Rotterdam, Erasmus Student Association Pub Lecture.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, maart 1). Welcome Lecture. Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Philosophy Faculty Colloquium.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, december 1). Fossil Fuel Industry Documents and the Social Good of making Historic Archives Public. Convener with Kalmus P, Cobb K, Wohldmann E, “Communicating with Appropriate Urgency: Scientific Reticence and Responsibility in a Time of Accelerating Climate Change.”. San Francisco, 2019 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, december 4). Industrial Epidemics: A new public health frame for an old problem. Stanford University, Stanford History of Science and Technology Workshop.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, november 12). The Promises and Perils of Carbon Taxes. Department of Economics, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, Economics Seminar Series.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, mei 2). “Prospects for an Ecological and Emancipatory Nova Scientia after the Marcuse-Habermas science debate,”. Rome, 2019 International Critical Theory Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, mei 1). “Does funding source influence the outcome of indoor tanning studies? a systematic review,” with Adekunle L, Chen R, Morrison L, Torres J, Hendlin Y, Linos E. Chicago, 2019 Society for Investigative Dermatology.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, juni 1). Diversification for profit or public good? Drivers of cigarette company acquisition of the smokeless tobacco market in the United States” with Ling P, and T Dewhirst. VU Amsterdam., 2019 Business & Society Research Seminar.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, juli 1). Distributed Agency, Composite Identity, and Microorganism Influence. Moscow, Biosemiotics Gathering.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, november 1). Interspecies Biosemiotics. Pittsburg, 2019 International Association for Environmental Philosophy.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, april 4). Zoos as sites of self-pardoning for the human war on alloanimals. Utrecht, Reading Zoos in the Age of the Anthropocene Workshop.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, april 3). Every day should be sustainability day. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Keynote: "Sustainability Days".
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, september 3). Akrasia and biology. Webinar, Webinar Lecture and Discussion, American Society for Cybernetics.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, mei 1). Advertising and Agency: An ethological account of how social infrastructure compromises or sustains our autonomy. Erasmus School of Philosophy, Erasmus School of Philosophy Lunchtime Seminar.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, juli 11). Supernormal stimuli in the human superorganism and holobiont. Tartu, Estonia, Berkeley-Tartu Biosemiotic Summer Seminar.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, september 5). Algae Manifesto. The Academy for More-than-Human Knowledge, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NEUHAUS exhibition.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, september 11). Tobacco Product/ENDS Waste and the Environment. Webinar, Center for Coordination of Analytics, Science, Enhancement and Logistics (CASEL) in Tobacco Regulatory Science.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, september 12). Closing Remarks. Ghent, Environmental Crime & Power seminar.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2019, december 17). The Promise and Perils of Carbon Taxes for Inclusive Prosperity. Universidad Católica de Chile, Political Theory Workshop, Political Science Department.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, juni 17). “Supernormal stimuli and human (d)evolution: A study in the architecture of akrasia.”. Berkeley, California, 2018 Biosemiotics Gathering.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, maart 28). For an Ecosemiotics to Come. San Diego, 2018 American Philosophical Association (Pacific).
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, maart 29). “Industry Documents: A peek into the secret life of science and implications for policy” and “Industry and Science: Public Good or Private Profit?” and Chair of Environmental Resistance, Sacred and Secular panel. San Francisco, 2018 Western Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, oktober 10). “Environmental harms from electronic waste from electronic cigarettes.”. San Diego., 2018 American Public Health Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, augustus 10). “Diversification for profit or public good? Drivers of cigarette company acquisition of the smokeless tobacco market in the United States” with Dewhirst T, Kostygina G, & Ling P. Chicago, 2018 Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, maart 7). “Emerging Issues of Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Global Comparative Perspective.” Co-Chair with Ling P and organizer of international panel. Cape Town, South Africa, 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, november 29). “Hybrid & complex governance for sustainable development.” Chair. Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2018 Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, januari 18). Benzene Industry Documents. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program, Western Region Universities Consortium.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, mei 31). A multifactorial approach to addiction and the public health consensus on THR. Geneva, Brocher Summer Academy in Population-level Bioethics.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, juni 5). Habermas on Nature. University of Kiel, University of Kiel.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, juli 11). Public Health Ethics. UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program, 14th Annual National Youth Leadership Forum.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, januari 3). Industry Marketing and Health Equity. Mills College, Guest lecturer.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, februari 18). Biocommunication. Berkeley, Terra’s Temple.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, mei 13). The Ecological Self: Harnessing the Power of Our Interspecies Nature for Good. Los Angeles, The Creative Edge Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, juni 20). Corporate Responsibility in a Corporatized World: A look at Fossil Fuels. University of Kiel, Germany, Department of Philosophy.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, augustus 15). Interspecies Allies: Widening our sense of self and practical applications for ecological and environmental justice. Berkeley, Climate Compassion Network.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, september 26). The Pharmaceuticalization of the Tobacco Industry and Implications for Public Health. UCSF Cancer Center, UCSF Cancer Center.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, oktober 18). The environmental health effects of electronic waste from tobacco vaporizer disposal. UCSF, Tobacco Policy Research Group.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, november 2). Interspecies Vision. California Academy of Sciences, NightLife series.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, november 4). “Tobacco Harm Reduction: A Systematic Review” with Vora M, Elias J, and Ling P. Atlanta, Georgia, 2017 American Public Health Association,.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, februari 9). Tobacco Harm Reduction: Basic Concepts. San Francisco, Department of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, guest lecturer, Stella Bialous’ “Tobacco Control” course.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, november 4). “Native American Maternal & Child Health Burdens due to Fossil Fuel Contamination of Sacred, Treaty-Protected Lands: A Systematic Review” with Agnew K, Gill G, and Rupa M. Atlanta, Georgia, 2017 American Public Health Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, juni 6). “Syllepsis and Particularism in Biosemiotic Ethics.”. Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 Seventeenth Annual Gathering in Biosemiotics.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, april 14). “A Master Settlement Agreement for the Fossil Fuels Industry: Lessons Learned from Tobacco.”. Vancouver, Canada, 2017 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, april 24). The effects of pollution on organism signaling and human health. San Fransisco, San Francisco Taste of Science.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, juni 12). “The Social Obligations of the Cued Self in the Age of Advertising.” Digitalisation for a Sustainable Society. Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017 International Society for Information Studies.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, april 21). Play and Resetting Stress Thresholds: the role of a healthy calibrated central nervous system in human and animal evolution. Kiel University, Germany., Human Being, Society, Culture Symposium at the Human Development in Landscapes Graduate School.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, november 29). Expanding the Polity or Extending Rights? A look at transformative versus affirmative recognition with the more than human world. Tijuana, Mexico, Interdisciplinary Forum on Environmental Research.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, oktober 5). Ensemblist Identities and the Ecological Self. California Institute for Integral Studies, California Institute for Integral Studies, Forum on Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, maart 24). “The State of Ecological Exception: Finding a way forward between scientific appeals and political inertia.”. San Diego, 2016 Western Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, april 16). First World Confessions. San Francisco, Instillation at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts “Public Square,” with Armando Davila.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, november 17). “Limits of the Automobile City.”. San Francisco, 2016 Philosophy of the City Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, september 1). “Climate Change and the Discursive Gap: Querying Nonhuman Political Agencies.”. Philadelphia, 2016 American Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2016, mei 12). “Phenomenological Biosemiotics, or what it is like to be this Dog.”. University of Amsterdam, NL, 2016 Animal Agency: Language, Politics, Culture Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2015, september 3). “Habitats and habitus: finding ‘fit’ with our environment,”. San Francisco, California, 2015 American Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2015, juli 23). “Plant Philosophy and Interpretation: Making Sense of the Recent Plant Intelligence Debates.”. Kiel, Germany, 2015 International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE).
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2015, juni 26). “Environmental justice as a (potentially) hegemonic concept: A historical look at competing interests between the MST and indigenous people in Brazil.”. University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 2015 Plurality and politics of justice conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2015, juni 30). “Interspecies Phytosemiosis.”. Aalborg University, Copenhagen, 2015 Gathering in Biosemiotics.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, april 17). “Interspecies Discourse Ethics.”. Seattle, 2014 Western Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2014, april 29). “Multiplicity and Welt.”. University of Tartu, Estonia, 2014 Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2014, juni 19). The Bicycle as Social and Environmental Force: Analyzing the current trend in cycling as a mode of transportation. Munich, Germany, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society’s workshop “Greening of Everyday Life: Reimagining Environmentalism in Postindustrial Societies.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2012, oktober 5). “Political Pressure, not Science: Germany and the United States’ Divergent Policy Responses to the Fukushima Daiichi Meltdown.”. Berlin, 2012 The Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2011, april 1). “Intergenerational Justice: Sustainability, Uncertainty, Contingency.”. Chicago, 2011 Midwestern Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2011, april 21). “Problematizing the Human-Animal-Nature Boundary: Where to Draw the Line?”. San Antonio, 2011 Western Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2011, mei 8). “Terra Nullius and the Backlash against Private Foreign Conservation Investment.”. Columbia University Earth Institute, New York., 2011 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2010, maart 18). “Eco-colonialism: Cultural History as an Obstacle to Private Environmental Conservation.”. Berkeley, 2010 Cultural Studies Association 8th Annual Meeting,.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2009, september 3). “The Agnotology of Ecology.”. Toronto, 2009 American Political Science Association.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2008, oktober 25). “Staying on Message When Faced with a Relentless Adversary.”. San Diego, 2008 American Public Health Association 136th Conference.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2018, oktober 3). Interested in a faculty position at a research-intensive institution? Panel: Recently hired faculty. UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development.
        • Y.H. Hendlin (2017, oktober 2). Invited Moderator, UCSF Bioethics Program Book Club, Elisabeth Rosenthal’s An American Sickness. UCSF Bioethics Program Book Club, UCSF Bioethics Program Book Club.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2019). Assessing the Safety of Glyphosate: Comparing IARC, EFSA and EPA procedures, transparency, and outcomes for environmental health. 2019 International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.: Utrecht..
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2015-2018). Postdoctoral Research Fellow.. Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2012-2015). Lecturer.. Department of Philosophy, University of Kiel, Germany.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2015-2015). Co-Investigator, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.. New Directions in Plant Ethics project,” Austrian National Science Foundation grantee, Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2006-2009). Research Specialist. Center for Tobacco Control (CTCRE), Institute for Health Policy Studies UCSF.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2008-2009). Scientific Consultant.. Tobacco counter-marketing, California Breathe.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2009-2009). Research Assistant.. Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, UCLA.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2009-2009). Research Assistant.. Climate Policy, School of Public Affairs, UCLA.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (2006-2008). Research Specialist.. Center for Tobacco Control (CTCRE), Institute for Health Policy Studies UCSF.
      • Y.H. Hendlin (Discussion on Environmental Philosophy.) (2019, jun 03). Let’s Talk Trash. [podcast]. In Erasmus Sustainability Hub.
  • Industrial Epidemics

    Industrial Epidemics

    Science & Practice for Transformative Ch

    Science & Practice for Transformative Ch
    Year level
    Level 300

    Bachelor Thesis Philosophy

    Bachelor Thesis Philosophy
    Year level
    Bachelor 3

    Women Philosophers: Nature and Culture

    Women Philosophers: Nature and Culture
    Year level
    Bachelor 3, Bachelor 3 keuzeruimte

    Essential Contemporary Challenges

    Essential Contemporary Challenges
    Year level
    Bachelor 1, Bachelor 1, Bachelor 3

    Year level
    Bachelor 3

    Year level
    Master 1
  • Biosemiotics

    Associate Editor
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  • University
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    Erasmus School of Philosophy
    The Netherlands
  • University of California, San Francisco

    Research Associate, Environmental Health Initiative
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Visiting address

Burg. Oudlaan 50 3062 PA Rotterdam

Postal address

Postbus 1738 3000 DR Rotterdam