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ISEE Society Meeting: "International Perspectives on Environmental Ethics"
at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, 4 to 10 August 2013

A Two-Part Panel on International Perspectives on Environmental Ethics was held at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, 4 to 10 August 2013. The panel was convened by Alexandria Poole, Eugene Hargrove, and Ricardo Rozzi, as a joint initiative of the International Society of Environmental Ethics (ISEE) with the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP) and the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, University of North Texas and University of Magallanes, Chile. It resulted from long-term collaborations with researchers from five continents (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America), including Regional Representatives from ISEE. It represents a milestone activity on the road initiated twenty five years ago in the 20th World Congress of Philosophy held in Boston, when the ISEE sections for Central and South America were created. The goal of the panel was to acknowledge the importance of global scale and critical need for interregional dialogue to address pressing socio-ecological challenges associated with global environmental change. The presentations celebrated the diversity of perspectives on environmental ethics and developed a more integrated platform for this international dialogue, including influential and foundational thinkers, institutions, and contrasting concepts and practices for environmental philosophy. Following the two-part panel, panel members and other participants also held a workshop meeting on Tuesday, August 6th to discuss future plans for further developing this dialogue in this international collaborative network of environmental philosophy, and identified the need to more broadly communicate their regional approaches. As a result, the next issue of the ISEE Newsletter inaugurates a series of essays on international perspectives on environmental philosophy that builds on the previous South American series, to project the Occasional Papers series now to all continents, while at the same time strengthening the long-term collaboration between ISEE and CEP in this endeavor.

Panel Organizers included Dr. Ricardo Rozzi of the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, and Dr. Eugene C. Hargrove and Alexandria Poole of the Center for Environmental Philosophy. Panel presenters included: Dr. Thomas Heyd, University of Victoria, representing Canada; Dr. Patricia Glazebrook, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas, representing Ghana; Dr. Wang Guopin, President of Nanjing Xiaozhuang University, China and Guo Hui, University of Nanjing and Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China; Dr. Jorge Aguirre, Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico; Dr. Ricardo Rozzi, University of North Texas, representing Chile; Dr. Eugene Hargrove, Center for Environmental Philosophy, University of North Texas, presenting on EE in the United States; Dr. Magda Costa Carvalho, Universidade dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Dr. Piergiacomo Pagano, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development, Bologna, Italy; Dr. Yrjö Sepänmaa, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland; Dr. Kurt Jax, Department of Conservation Biology, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. In the session Dr. Philip Cafaro, ISEE President, Dr. Workineh Kelbessa of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Francisca Massardo, University of Magallanes, Chile, along with a number of others, also participated.

 

Environmental Philosophy and Ethics in Italy

A Talk by

Piergiacomo Pagano

 

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Past, Present, and Future International
Perspectives on Environmental Ethics

The Rio+20 Conference held in Brazil in 2012 showed that since the 1992 Earth Summit (also held in Rio de Janeiro) the rate of environmental change had increased rather than decreased, as was the goal. To reorient this trend, environmental philosophy can make a significant contribution. However, to address this challenge it is essential to catalyze interdisciplinary, interinstitutional, and international collaborations. In order to add to this goal, the Center for Environmental Philosophy (CEP) and the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (University of North Texas and University of Magallanes, Chile) proposed a collaborative initiative to the International Society of Environmental Ethics (ISEE), the organization of a panel on "International Perspectives on Environmental Ethics" at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy (WCP), Athens, Greece, 4 to 10 August 2013.

The panel resulted from long-term collaborations with researchers from five continents (Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America), including Regional Representatives from ISEE, who presented at the 23rd World Congress of Philosophy a diversity of perspectives on environmental ethics and developed a more integrated platform for this international dialogue, including influential and foundational thinkers, institutions, and contrasting concepts and practices for environmental philosophy. As a follow up, panel members and other participants also held a workshop meeting on Tuesday, August 6th to discuss future plans for further developing this dialogue in this international collaborative network of environmental philosophy, and identified the need to more broadly communicate their regional approaches.

The International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE) offers an ideal forum for investigating the reticulated specificity of the causes of environmental problems, as well as for favoring the expression of diverse forms of ecological knowledge, languages, and practices. This motivated us to initiate in this issue of the ISEE Newsletter a series of essays on international perspectives on environmental philosophy, building upon the previous South American series, while at the same time strengthening the long-term collaboration between ISEE and CEP in this endeavor. This series will make available essays published “online” with free access in English as well as in the respective languages of each of the regions. In each ISSE Newsletter’s issue we will include a regional vision written by different authors with the purpose of better capturing the multi-vocal richness of environmental philosophy around the planet.

We have named this occasional papers series "Past, Present, and Future International Perspectives on Environmental Ethics," alluding to the millenary roots of environmental ethics in each of the cultural traditions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America, as well as the syncretic contemporary expressions in today’s cosmopolitan society, within and outside academia. The distinguished biologist at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Economic Sustainable Development, Piergiacomo Pagano, inaugurates this series with one of the strongest interdisciplinary branches of biology and philosophy: evolutionary ethics and the schools of environmental thought in Italy. Piergiacomo is one of the ISEE representatives for Italy, and since the 1990s he has built not only a rich conceptual framework but also an online platform (http://www.filosofia-ambientale.it/) that fosters a dialogue on environmental philosophy. In his essay, “Environmental Philosophy and Ethics in Italy,” Pagano offers an overview on Italian environmental philosophy that introduces seminal authors and approaches that give an initial impulse for this new ISEE series on international environmental philosophies.

Ricardo Rozzi, Alexandria Poole, and Eugene Hargrove

Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
University of North Texas, Denton, TX

The Center for Environmental Philosophy

Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program (University of North Texas, the University of Magallanes, and Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Chile)

 

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