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CPP Colloquium with Simon Caney: Justice and Ecological Sustainability: How can we live sustainably?

Thursday 27 February 2020
CPP Colloquia 2019-2020
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

The Center for Political Philosophy in Leiden is pleased to announce a talk by

Simon Caney (University of Warwick)

Justice and Ecological Sustainability: How can we live sustainably?  


A variety of different policies have been proposed - including calls for degrowth, echnological innovation, campaigns to keep fossil fuels in the ground.  Very many philosophers have called for limits on procreative choice.  How should we evaluate such proposals?  This paper defends an approach which I term "ecological liberalism".  This affirms five principles of justice that should guide us in the transition to a zero-carbon world.  On this basis it criticizes three prevailing approaches to sustainability.  In doing so it examines the value of procreation and criticises the view held by many environmental philosophers that there should be limits to procreation.


Simon Caney is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Warwick. His research focusses on contemporary political philosophy en focusses in particular on global justice, poverty and environment. He is the author ofJustice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory (2005). Together with Derek Bell he is working on a book on global Justice and climate change. For his work he has been awarded the ESRC Climate Change Leadership Fellowship to work on equity and climate change.

About the Center for Political Philosophy (CPP) Colloquia Series

The CPP is a collaboration between the Institute for Philosophy and the Institute for Political Science at Leiden University. Attendance of the Colloquia is free and there is no need to register. See CPP for more information. For further questions please contact dr. Wouter Kalf at w.f.kalf@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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