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CPP Colloquium: A Tale of Two Crises. Or, Where is the Political Philosophy of the Biodiversity Crisis?

Thursday 28 March 2024
CPP Colloquia 2023-2024
Pieterskerkhof 6
2311 SR Leiden

The Centre of Political Philosophy is pleased to announce a lecture by Chris Armstrong, Professor in Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Southampton.

Prof. dr. Chris Armstrong


Climate change and the biodiversity crisis have been called the ‘twin crises’ of our time. Like twins, they emerged into public consciousness more or less simultaneously, around the time of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. Since then, a rich and complex literature has emerged on climate justice, which has engaged with important questions of distributive justice (Who should bear the burdens of mitigating or adapting to climate change? Should we discount the future?), political justice (Who should be represented in climate negotiations? What would a fair agreement on climate change look like?), and much else besides. By contrast, serious attention to the justice dimensions of the biodiversity crisis is much thinner on the ground. This talk will assess why this has been the case. We will suggest a number of factors that might go some way towards explaining the comparative lack of engagement. But to explain is not to justify - to the contrary, a rapid acceleration in work on the global justice dimensions of the biodiversity crisis seems to be in order.

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. Tim Meijers at t.meijers@hum.leidenuniv.nl

All are welcome!

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