The Critique of Ecological Reason
Pierre Charbonnier with Simona Capisani
The fundamental political categories of modernity were founded on the idea that we could improve on nature, that we could exert a decisive victory over its excesses and claim unlimited access to earthly resources. Yet this pact between democracy and growth has now been called into question by climate change and the environmental crisis. In this conversation with Simona Capisani, philosopher Pierre Charbonnier will open up a new intellectual terrain: an environmental history of political ideas. He will argue that all political ideas, whether or not they endorse ecological ideals, are informed by a certain conception of our relationship to the Earth and to our environment.
Pierre Charbonnier is a French philosopher, a teacher at Sciences Po in Paris, and currently a research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is the author of Affluence and Freedom: An Environmental History of Political Ideas was published in July by Polity. twitter.com/picharbonnier
Simona Capisani is currently a Climate Futures Initiative Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the High Meadows Environmental Institute and the University Center for Human Values. She is also an Associate of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her areas of research and teaching specialty are in political philosophy and ethics with a focus on issues that intersect matters of climate justice, philosophy of immigration, gender, and global and social justice. simonacapisani.com