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Call for Papers: 2018: Relations 6:(1-2) special thematic focus and call for papers announced

 

Energy Ethics: Emerging Perspectives in Times of Energy Transitions

Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is pleased to welcome abstracts of articles for a Special Issue on Energy Ethics, guest editor Giovanni Frigo, University of North Texas. The special issue focuses on the emergent area of energy ethics, and aims at developing an interdisciplinary dialogue among environmental philosophy and ethics, environmental and energy justice, energy policy, energy humanities, as well as sustainability studies, ecological sciences, and energy engineering.

Editor:
G. Frigo

 
Posted: 2017-05-01 More...
 

Special Issue: 2017: Relations 5:(1-2) special thematic focus announced

 

Food: Shared Life

In the era of consumerism and globalisation, reducing the distance between “our food” (consumption) and “its origins” (production) is of paramount importance to understand the moral values related to food. This process, in fact, is at the very base of any ethics of food, and suggests a move from the “private moral concern” - connected to a sort of egoism of consumption - to a social morality. Especially, speaking about food coming from animals, to reduce the distance between production and consumption promotes a new comprehension of humans’ power over other living beings and can be an important starting point to build a new conceptualization of human-animal relations. At the same time it unveils the deep interconnections between animal and human exploitation (as described more than 100 years ago by Upton Sinclair in his book The Jungle, 1906). Relations’ double issue on food ethics will explore these topics from a multidisciplinary approach, with particular attention to four sensitive issues: the challenges of food production; the socio-political value of food; the philosophical/theological approach to the act of eating; and the economic and legal approach to the act of eating.

 
Posted: 2016-04-28 More...
 

Special Issue: 2016: Relations 4:(1-2) special thematic focus announced

 

Past the Human: Narrative Ontologies and Ontological Stories

Our existence, the existence of our species and its cognitive evolution, is far from being pure and confined within secure margins. From the mitochondria all the way up, the human is constantly mixed with the nonhuman. It reveals itself by way of hybridizations. For this reason, a perfectly consequent atlas of human biology would be a treatise on xenobiology. A compelling example is that of the bacteria colonies that constitute our microbiome. Even though they do not have anything “human” in their genetic code, they are an integral part of our body and our health. Open to transformations, the human is materially and historically permeable to other natures, other matters, and other cultural agents. To be properly human is therefore, in a certain sense, to go past the boundaries of human “nature.” This is the meaning of posthumanism, as theorists such as Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Roberto Marchesini, Bruno Latour, Andrew Pickering, Rosi Braidotti, or Cary Wolfe conceptualize it. For these authors, posthumanism is a vision of reality according to which the human and the nonhuman are confluent, co-emergent, and defining each other in mutual relations. More precisely, a posthumanist vision rejects the essentialist separation between the human and the nonhuman, and emphasizes their hybridizations and their active interplay. Relations’ double issue on posthumanism will explore these topics from two points of view: that of literature and ecocriticism (guest-editor Serenella Iovino) and that of the ethical-ontological approach of zoo-anthropology (guest-editors Roberto Marchesini and Eleonora Adorni).

 
Posted: 2014-12-05 More...
 

Special Issue: 2015: Relations 3:(1-2) special thematic focus announced

 

Wild animal suffering and intervention in nature

Studies about the moral consideration of nonhuman animals have experienced a tremendous development in the last decade. An important topic which is recently receiving increasing attention is the idea that we may have reasons not only to abstain from harming wild animals but also to help those in need. Life in the wild is far from being idyllic: wild animals undergo systematic harms on a daily basis, due to intra and interspecific aggressions (predation, parasitism) and other natural causes (e.g. starvation, disease, harsh weather conditions). Though it is usually accepted that we have no obligation to prevent or to reduce the occurrence of these harmful states of affairs, if the interests of nonhuman animals are morally relevant at all, it seems that the interests of animals living in the wild should also be taken into account in moral deliberation. This issue will be dedicated to addressing in detail this vastly unexplored issue, challenging life in the wild as a “flat moral landscape.”

 
Posted: 2014-01-11 More...
 

Special Issue: 2014: Relations 2:(1-2) special thematic focus announced

 

Minding Animals

The second Minding Animals conference was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, in July 2012 to much acclaim.  The overarching theme of the conference was how philosophy and ethics are integral when considering the human interrelationship with nonhuman animals.  Many delegates explored these relations and delved into the multifaceted challenges that exist.  The twelve papers presented in Relations 2 (both issues 1 and 2) will be dedicated to this exploration and how we, as human animals, face often daunting challenges to achieve better protections for our nonhuman animal kin.

 
Posted: 2013-11-10 More...
 

Special Issue: 2013: Relations 1:(1-2) special thematic focus announced

 

Inside the Emotional Lives of Non-human Animals

‘Emotions’ is the key concept around which the essays that will be collected in the first volume of Relations revolve. Animals’ emotions, as investigated and described by Marc Bekoff in his The Emotional Lives of Animals (2007), will constitute the starting point for the authors. They will set out to explore a series of aspects related to the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals: the phenomena of companion animals, animal experimentation, animal husbandry, animal advocacy, and so forth, paying attention to their philosophical, anthropological, theological, political, medical, and jurisprudential interpretations. The essays will offer examples of the intersection of scientific attitudes and ethical concerns toward nonhuman animals.

 
Posted: 2013-06-28 More...
 
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