CALL FOR PAPERS – Ethics in Progress Quarterly

Call for Papers for special volume on environmental ethics for the journal Ethics in Progress Quarterly

Environment, ethics, and sustainability: Crossroads of our future

Guest editors: Małgorzata Dereniowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland) and Jason Matzke (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA)

Ethics in Progress Quarterly invites submissions in the area of sustainability and environmental ethics for a special volume.  This journal is published by Academic Research Publishers of the Institute of Philosophy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. The journal focuses on multidisciplinary research that bridges theory and practice in ethics. In keeping with the journal’s stated aims, this special volume on sustainability and environmental ethics will explore the nexus of theory and practice as it relates to the crucial task of working towards a sustainable future.

Introduction to the main theme of the volume: Background and aims
Despite four decades of intense development in the field of professional environmental ethics, environmental problems pose ever increasing ethical challenges. The discipline continues to undergo a transition from focusing on theoretical questions such as what kinds of beings deserve moral standing toward greater inclusion of the multifaceted dimensions of sustainability and environmental issues and policy formation. In the process, new problems emerge. For instance, research on the problem of climate change from an ethical perspective creates room for the development of a new branch of ethics—climate ethics—which potentially operates in a distinctive theoretical framework. Additionally, environmental ethics has become much more pluralistic and multidisciplinary, drawing new insights from ecology and the social sciences. Sustainability both challenges and gives shape to the discipline of environmental ethics by blurring classical distinctions such as that of anthropocentrism, biocentrism, and ecocentrism, while bringing attention to important theoretical dimensions of the ecological, social, and economic. These three dimensions are in turn informed by matters pertaining to human cognition and perception, highlighting the complex and multidisciplinary nature of the emerging conversations.

This special volume aims to present new trends that arise at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and environmental research. Discussions of the crossroads between sustainability, environmental thought, and ethics include a wide range of issues. Papers are welcome in the following suggested areas (the list is not meant to be exhaustive):

  • Democratic decision making related to environmental policy formation
  • Inter-generational justice and climate ethics
  • Postcolonial environmental ethics
  • Race, gender, and environmental justice
  • Nonhuman animals in sustainability models
  • Environmental crisis and institutional change
  • Sustainability ethics

Given the theme of this volume, we encourage multi- and interdisciplinary work and seek submissions on a wide range of research topics. We invite papers from not only professional academicians, but also from policy makers, activists, and graduate students from any discipline.

Submission details
Submissions of complete papers should include a cover page with identification information (name, institutional affiliation, and contact information) and a brief abstract limited to 200 words. Essays should be in English, following American spellings and punctuation. For preparing the manuscript, please follow the APA style.

Papers should be saved as Word documents and emailed to the guest editors email account: crossroads@amu.edu.pl
Website:  http://ethicsinprogress.org/?p=898

Deadline for papers submission is Friday, November 2, 2012.

For more information please contact Małgorzata Dereniowska, deren@amu.edu.pl, or Jason Matzke, jmatzke@umw.edu. You may also write directly to the guest editors’ email box, crossroads@amu.edu.pl.