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CPP Symposium: Academic Activism and the Climate Crisis

Thursday 19 January 2023
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden


link: https://universiteitleiden.zoom.us/j/65561234426?pwd=UnFYYUpiTi9uSHVDcG1CYkZvYm5wZz09
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“If you’re an academic, how come you’re not arrested?”

Recent scientific research paints an increasingly bleak picture of the state of our climate and ecosystems. For more and more academics, climate change presents itself not merely as an object of study but also as an existential crisis. Does the apparent political failure to effectively address climate change show that the self-understanding of the disengaged academic has become untenable, and that scientists should engage in political action, as scientists, to prevent climate breakdown? Or would that be a problematic instrumentalization of academic status that compromises the objectivity of the scientist?

Centre for Political Philosophy is honoured to host a panel discussion with: 

Paul Behrens (environmental science)

Anne Urai (cognitive psychology / Scientists4Future)

Thomas Wells (philosophy of economics)

Elodie Duyck (ocean science / Scientist Rebellion)

In-Sook Pinxteren (student, End Fossil TUD/LU)

Thomas Fossen - chair (political philosophy)

Drinks afterwards!

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.

All are welcome!

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