Exphil Lecture: Climate Crisis & Institutional Denialism
Is it Time for a Global Constitutional Convention for the Young & Other Future Generations?
The profound ethical challenge of the climate crisis demands new institutions to address it, says professor Stephen Gardiner.
In this virtual Great Exphil Lecture 2021 Professor Stephen Gardiner starts from the assumption that we have reached crunch time for the climate and that this profound ethical challenge demands new institutions to address it.
A warm welcome to you all!
The lecture will be recorded. The recording will be published on this webpage afterwards.
Lecturer: Stephen Gardiner
Gardiner invites us to consider a democratic possibility: that humanity should hold a global constitutional convention, akin to the American constitutional convention of 1787. He argues that this deliberative forum would confront the “governance gap” that prevents addressing the interests of young people and future generations, and propose solutions.
Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy and environmental ethics.
His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.
Commentator: Alejandra Mancilla
Alejandra Mancilla is professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK), University of Oslo. Her main research interests are in political and environmental philosophy.
Her current project, "Dynamic Territory", asks how to solve conflicts of interest around land and natural resources on a global scale, when the stability and predictability of geographic, climatic and demographic factors can no longer be taken for granted.