From July 23rd to 25th 2015 the Chair for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany, will host the annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Ethics under the heading “Environmental Ethics between Action and Reflection”.
Deadline: December 14th, 2014.
The title expresses the idea that environmental ethics can be understood as encompassing two different routes of inquiry and reasoning. One route is practical: As a field of applied ethics, environmental ethics aims to guide action. It starts from moral norms and principles, concepts and ideas (e.g., sustainability, deep ecology, environmental justice) and develops them into guidelines, rules, and objectives for practical engagement and policy-making.
The other route is reflective: As a field of applied ethics, environmental ethics acts as the bridge between lived practical problems and the conceptual reflections that illuminate them critically according to their presuppositions. By doing so, this philosophical route immerses one in metaethical, epistemological and ontological questions. Along this reflective route, environmental ethicists take the traditional role of philosophers.
Both routes are interdisciplinary: On the one hand, in aiming at action-guiding arguments, environmental ethics necessarily builds on reasoned opinions about what and how the world actually is. On the other hand, analyzing the presuppositions of different kinds of arguments being used in environmental discourses heads the inquiry into neighboring philosophical disciplines but also other sciences and humanities, such as political science, anthropology, and economics.
The conference shall mirror the current scope of environmental ethics with respect to both action and reflection.
With this call, we invite scholars from environmental ethics and
Submissions should clearly state the topic and connection to the overall
conference theme. Submissions should not exceed 500 words.
Deadline for submission: December 14th 2014!
We are happy to announce that ISEE offers 3 awards of $500 each to
graduate students or other scholars without access to travel funds from
outside to come to Kiel and give a paper. We invite those who are eligible
and would like to apply for the awards to indicate this with their
Please note that this open call will be followed up by calls for several
special sessions shortly!
Please look for further information at http://www.isee2015.uni-kiel.de/.