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Climate Change and Asian Philosophy: A Dialogue in Environmental Ethics

This conference will bring together experts in the fields of climate ethics, Buddhist ethics, and environmental philosophy in an effort to foster dialogue between non-Western philosophical traditions and contemporary climate ethics.

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In recent years, climate ethics has burgeoned into a dynamic philosophical subfield that aims to address some of the most perplexing ethical challenges presented by climate change. At the same time, there's been a growth in philosophical interest in the connection between Asian philosophy – particularly Buddhist ethics – and environmental ethics generally. However, little work has been done regarding what non-Western philosophy might have to contribute to our understanding of the ethics of climate change. How can non-Western ethical and ontological systems inform issues such as historical responsibility, individual responsibility, intergenerational ethics, and the non-identity problem?

This conference will bring together experts in the fields of climate ethics, Buddhist ethics, and environmental philosophy in an effort to foster dialogue between non-Western philosophical traditions and contemporary climate ethics. This dialogue promises to offer valuable ethical resources for addressing the global problem of anthropogenic climate change.

Program fredag 4. oktober 

09:00 - 09:15: Coffee

09:15 - 10:30: Session 1 - Simon James (Durham University) “Climate Justice: Some Challenges for Buddhist Ethics”

10:45 - 11:45: Session 2 - Matthew Coffay (University of Bergen) TBD (Climate Ethics and Buddhist Philosophy)

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch

13:00 - 14:00: Session 3 - Yumi Suzuki (University of Bern, East China Normal University) “‘Climate Crisis’ and Political Responsibility in Early Confucianism”

14:15 - 15:15 Session 4 - Anna Deplazes-Zemp (University of Zurich) “Relational Values as a New Concept in Climate Ethics”

15:30 - 16:45: Session 5 - Elizabeth Cripps (Via Skype) (University of Edinburgh) TBD (Climate Ethics)

19:00 - 22:00: Dinner at TBD

Program lørdag 5. oktober 

09:00 - 09:15: Coffee

09:15 - 10:30: Session 1 - Catriona McKinnon (University of Exeter) “Geoengineering: Fantasies of Control”

10:45 - 12:00: Session 2 - Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington) TBD (Climate Ethics)

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch

13:00 - 14:15: Session 3 - David Cooper (Durham University) “Should Buddhists Be Concerned with Climate Change?”

14:30 - 15:30: Session 4 - Colin Hickey (Utrecht University) “Climate Change, Moral Education, and Social Transformation”

15:45 - 16:45: Session 5 - Katie Javanaud (Oxford University) “If Everything is Empty, Can Nature Have Intrinsic Worth?”