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Online Talk: "Relating (to) Climate Crisis" by Dr. Alexa Zellentin

Thursday, 18 March 2021

The PELP-Master team has organised the next evening event for our master’s programme. We invited Dr. Alexa Zellentin who teaches at the UCD school of politics and international relations to give a talk. Afterwards, there will be an open discussion.

Talk and discussion with Dr. Alexa Zellentin

PELP and Philosophy students welcome!

March 18th, 5pm – 7 pm

UniMeet-Link to join

Topic of the talk: Relating (to) Climate Crisis
So far, the climate justice debate has mainly focused on question about the just distribution of the benefits and burdens of climate change. However, this does not capture all normatively significant features of climate injustice.
When thinking, for example, about what we owe in compensation to those who lose their homeland, economic base, national sovereignty etc., we need to really understand what it is that they lose. Much of it can be explained in terms of primary goods and/or basic capabilities. But for some issues the Western philosophy does not (yet) have the right words, categories, and theories.
One such issue are kinship theories that portray humans as embedded in a network of familiar relations. These may also include parts of the non-human environment and thus cannot easily (if at all) be recreated when people are forced to leave their homeland. Hence, we need to ask: What is the place of relational justice in climate justice?
Moreover, relational justice requires us to acknowledge that there are culturally distinct ways of developing and conveying insights. Not only indigenous cultures but also a number of prominent Western theorists like e.g. Nussbaum emphasise the importance of storytelling in this respect. Thus, we need to ask a second question: Can there be a place for storytelling in analytic philosophy? And if yes, how?


Feel free to join the meeting without registration. It is also no problem if you join late.

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