Bill Vitek is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University. With degrees from Union College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Vitek's research and writings are focused on the intersection between social practices and the environmental, cultural, and historical contexts in which they occur. He is the author of Promising and the co-editor of Applying Philosophy (with Terrell Ward Bynum) and Rooted in the Land and The Virtues of Ignorance (with Wes Jackson). He is currently writing a book of his own essays titled Post-Carbon Sense. Vitek is also a jazz pianist, and co-wrote and co-produced three collections of jazz nursery rhymes. He currently performs with bassist Dan Gagliardi.