This track concerns the relation between technology and the (living) environment. On the one hand, we welcome contributions on climate ethics, environmental ethics, and energy transitions. Suggested topics include (but need not be limited to) geo-engineering, sustainable technologies, de-extinction, environmental justice, or the processes, embedded values, and temporalities of energy transitions. On the other hand, we invite contributions on the philosophy and ethics of biotechnology, for instance with regards to environmental philosophy (e.g. biomimicry, digitalization of nature) or concerning the manipulation of living bodies more broadly conceived (e.g. embodiment, artificial wombs and natality, digitalization and manipulation of genetic data, the artificial (re)design of life). Questions may include (but need not be limited to):

  • How to reconsider justice vis-à-vis non-human entities such as the environment or planet in light of technologies such as gene-drives or biomimetic technologies?
  • How to understand and evaluate the digitalization of nature in bio-tech practices? 
  • How to develop an ethics for the energy transition, and how to grapple with issues such as anthropocentrism, climate justice, distribution and differing temporalities? 
  • How may regenerative design contribute to shifting the meaning of sustainability? 
  • How do gene drives affect the notion of control of nature, and what kind and degree of control is desirable? 

Track 5: Geo-Technology & Bio-Technology

Track 5: Geo-Technology & Bio-Technology

This track concerns the relation between technology and the (living) environment. On the one hand, we welcome contributions on climate ethics, environmental ethics, and energy transitions. Suggested topics include (but need not be limited to) geo-engineering, sustainable technologies, de-extinction, environmental justice, or the processes, embedded values, and temporalities of energy transitions. On the other hand, we invite contributions on the philosophy and ethics of biotechnology, for instance with regards to environmental philosophy (e.g. biomimicry, digitalization of nature) or concerning the manipulation of living bodies more broadly conceived (e.g. embodiment, artificial wombs and natality, digitalization and manipulation of genetic data, the artificial (re)design of life). Questions may include (but need not be limited to):

  • How to reconsider justice vis-à-vis non-human entities such as the environment or planet in light of technologies such as gene-drives or biomimetic technologies?
  • How to understand and evaluate the digitalization of nature in bio-tech practices? 
  • How to develop an ethics for the energy transition, and how to grapple with issues such as anthropocentrism, climate justice, distribution and differing temporalities? 
  • How may regenerative design contribute to shifting the meaning of sustainability? 
  • How do gene drives affect the notion of control of nature, and what kind and degree of control is desirable?