Ethics and Nature in a Time of Crisis

May 5, 2023
Society of Fellows, University of Chicago

Swift Hall 3rd floor Lecture Hall
1025 E 58th St
Chicago 60637
United States

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Bernard Weissbourd Memorial Fund
  • Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization
  • Committee on Social Thought
  • The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory
  • Department of History
  • Department of Classics
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Philosopohy


Barcelona Supercomputing Center
J. Baird Callicott
University of North Texas
Paul Cheney
University of Chicago
The New School
Wesleyan University
University of Chicago
University of Chicago
Hunter College (CUNY)

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We will explore questions of value, as well as practical and normative issues, concerning human communities' relationship with the environment and other animals in it.

09:00-09:20 Breakfast

09:20-09:30 Welcome Address: Steven Rings (UChicago)

09:30-10:45 Marina Baldissera Pacchetti (University of Leeds; Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
Quality of Climate Change Science for Informing Adaptation: Priorities and Tensions
Respondent: Thomas Pashby (UChicago)
Moderator: Will Levine (UChicago)

10:55-12:10 Sandra Shapshay (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)
Aesthetic Perception and the Intrinsic Value of Nature
Respondent: J. Baird Callicott (University of North Texas)
Moderator: Nicole Whalen (UChicago)

12:10-13:10 Lunch

13:10-14:25 Gregory Claeys (Royal Holloway, University of London)
Utopianism for a Dying Planet: Life after Consumerism
Respondent: Paul Cheney (UChicago)
Moderator: Connor Strobel (UChicago)

14:35-15:50 Alice Crary (The New School; Oxford University) + Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University)
Animal Crisis: A New Critical Theory
Respondent: Claudia Hogg-Blake (UChicago)
Moderator: You Wang (UChicago)

16:00-17:15 J. Baird Callicott (University of North Texas)
The Topos of Mu and the Predicative Self
Respondent: L. K. Gustin Law (UChicago)
Moderator: Samantha Fenno (UChicago)

17:15-18:15 Reception

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