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CPP/NWO Who Owes What Colloquium: 'An African perspective of Intergenerational Justice'

Thursday 9 June 2022
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden
Thierry Ngosso


The issue of intergenerational justice raises questions that are undoubtedly common to all human cultures and that are taking on increasing importance in contemporary ethics. These questions focus on the definition of the concept of “generation,” the generations involved (near or distant generations, previous or future generations), the nature and size of the things to be guaranteed for other generations, and the justifications of the intergenerational duties. In this talk, I will discuss these questions from the African perspective by relying on the ethnological literature on specific regions of Africa and by explaining, from a philosophical and ethical standpoint, the significance and scope of intergenerational justice.


Thierry Ngosso is a political philosopher interested in global justice and more precisely in three important and interconnected contemporary issues in this field: climate change, human rights, and migration. He addresses global justice from both the State/Firm division of labor and the Western/non-Western perspectives. His research has a strong focus on business corporations and on comparative philosophy. Ngosso earned a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain (2015). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of St.Gallen, a Swiss National Foundation Ambizione Fellowship awardee (2019-2023) focusing on the ‘Human Right to Health in Africa and the obligations of African societies themselves,’ and a Lecturer both at the department of philosophy of the Catholic University of Central Africa and the Department of philosophy of the University of Maroua. Thierry is Director of the Ethics and Public Policy Laboratory (EthicsLab) that he officially launched in 2019 at the Catholic University of Central Africa and the Managing Director of the Competence Center for African Research at the University of St.Gallen launched in January 2020. For the 2021-2022 academic year, Thierry will be Visiting Research at both the EJSafra Center for Ethics of Harvard University and at the Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers University.

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. Bruno Verbeek at b.verbeek@phil.leidenuniv.nl.

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