Ethics for a Broken World


25-27 November 2016. LMU Munich in collaboration with MCMP.

The conference is focusing on Timothy Mulgan's book Ethics for a Broken World: Imagining Philosophy after Catastrophe (Routledge, 2014). Prof. Mulgan's book is a highly innovative exploration of our modern concepts in political philosophy. It achieves this aim by looking at our current theories from the viewpoint of a fictional "broken" future, i.e. one in which a climate catastrophe has made life much more difficult for all humankind. It therefore uses the methods of literature, thought experiments (such as Hobbes’ state of nature, Dworkin’s island or Rawls’ veil of ignorance) and scenario building to raise important questions about justice today: how and why should we care about future generations? Is our current political ethics, which Mulgan calls "affluent", sustainable? Are we – philosophically – prepared for climate change and other crises to come? Further information.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this workshop, please send an abstract of about 500 words until June 27th 2016 to Dr. Andreas Kapsner (LMU Munich/MCMP) and Dr. Rebecca Gutwald (LMU Munich). You can also send in an abstract after the deadline, but we cannot promise whether we will be able to accommodate it.