Convenor: Stijn Neuteleers

The management of environmental problems and the rise of the environmental movement pose significant challenges for contemporary political philosophy. These challenges can be found both on a global level and on a local level. At the global level, for instance, climate change is one of the major issues in real-life international politics and has induced a growing debate on the ethics of climate change (global distributive justice, intergenerational justice, etc.). At the local policy level, we are confronted, on the one hand, with the conflict of environmental values with other values such as economic growth and justice. On the other hand, we have to deal with conflicts among environmental values themselves (biodiversity, restoration, wilderness, etc.). Our political and economic instruments and theories have difficulties to cope with these challenges – e.g. cost-benefit analysis, value of privacy, discount rates, aggregative models of democracy, etc. The broad field of political philosophy and the environment tries to provide answers to these challenges. The workshop aims to cover a broad range of green political theory topics such as:

– Ethics and politics of climate change

– Democracy and the environment

– Public policy and the environment

– Environmental citizenship

– Environmental justice

– Green economics

– Environmental decision-making

Workshop convener: Stijn Neuteleers (K.U.Leuven, Belgium)

If you would like to present a paper at this workshop, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words (or a full paper) to by May 20, 2011.