Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Fair Limits in the Anthropocene – What are the just boundaries of our ecological footprint?

Date: 20 February 2020
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Earth System Governance Speaker Series at Utrecht University is excited to host Prof. Ingrid Robeyns and Dr. Fergus Green as the first seminar speakers of 2020.

In this talk, Prof. Robeyns and Dr. Fergus Green will share their insights from the ongoing Fair Limits project, including how distributive justice can be thought of in terms of ecological resources and in the context of the Anthropocene. The talk is followed by a panel debate with Utrecht University’s Associate Professor Dr. Agni Kalfagianni as discussant. 

Prof Dr. Robeyns and Dr. Green form part of the Fair Limits team, which examines questions about the distribution of economic and ecological resources from the perspective of contemporary normative political philosophy. Within this field, the topic of distributive justice has been central in order to discuss the minimal needs of persons and how to reduce inequalities. The Fair Limits project focuses on ‘limitarianism’ which holds the view that there should be upper limits to how many resources (valuable goods) it is morally permissible to have as a person. What could be the potential value of this perspective when applied to the context of the Anthropocene and the current climate crisis? Should we set upper limits on what quantity of greenhouse emissions is morally allowable to emit as a person, in order to decrease our ecological footprint? How could we justify such limits? What considerations might militate against individual-level limits? 

These questions will be delved into further in an ensuing panel debate with Dr. Agni Kalfagianni as discussant and chaired by Dr. James Patterson, after the presentation of Prof Dr. Robeyns and Dr. Green.
The event will be followed by an informal drink for registered participants.

Read more on the Earth System Governance Project website.





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