Campus Gotland

Seminar: Ethical dimensions of sustainable development

  • Date: 19 April, 10:00–12:00
  • Location: Campus Gotland Sal B25
  • Lecturer: Patrik Baard
  • Organiser: Företagsekonomiska institutionen
  • Contact person: Jenny Helin
  • Seminarium

Welcome to this seminar with Patrik Baard (at the Swedish Biodiversity Centre, Sweden's national centre for promoting sustainable use of biodiversity, SLU,), where he will discuss ethical dimensions of sustainable development.

Ethics partly concern old questions such as ‘how should we live’ and ‘how should we act’. But ethics also entail a systematic analysis and critical scrutiny of the principles by which we make moral judgments. Is it consequences of our acts that matter? What is the role of rights and duties? And how would a virtuous agent act?

Environmental ethics is a field of applied ethics, and discuss such questions as how we should act in relation to our natural environment. Central in environmental ethics is the notion of intrinsic value. The concept refers to something having a value without referring to anything else. Human beings have traditionally thought to be the sole bearers of such value, but animal ethics and environmental ethics have attempted to expand the set of bearers of intrinsic value.

During this seminar Baard will present some of the basic ideas of environmental ethics that enable one to reason about moral judgments on how to act in relation to our natural environment. We will discuss anthropocentrism, biocentrism, and ecocentrism, and how they can influence the concept of sustainable development.

In 2016 Baard defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy entitled Cautiously utopian goals: Philosophical analyses of climate change objectives and sustainability targets, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). During his current postdoc he is investigating biodiversity, uncertainty, and ethics.

Coffee will be served.

Voluntary readings
- Batavia, C., & M. P. Nelson. (2017). ’For goodness sake!: What is intrinsic value and why should we care?’, Biological Conservation 209: 366-376.
- Naess, A. (1973). ‘The shallow and the deep, long-range ecology movement. A summary’. Inquiry 16: 95-100.

Registration

Please confirm your participation by sending an e-mail to Jenny Helin at jenny.helin@fek.uu.se latest 13 March 2018.