Introducing: Philosophical Activism

What is philosophical activism? What makes philosophy philosophical activism and how does it relate to the general notion of philosophy? If the ‘love of wisdom’ motivates, as it is said, a critical systematic approach and a reliance on rational argument, under what conditions is this critical stance to be considered

When poetry becomes suspicious – On the need for philosophical activism for global governance

[Lecture done during the Philosophical Activism workshop on the 15th of February 2013 in Ghent, Belgium] Summary Activists react against dominant political, economic or social power structures they perceive unfair. They do so by denouncing, subverting, sabotaging or damaging public emergences or institutional representations of these power structures or, in

The human rights principle for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the Earth Systems Governance Tokyo Conference ‘Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents’, 28 – 31 January 2013, United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan] Summary Sustainable development is impossible without a continuous care for the implementation of human rights as made explicit in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

A politics of confrontation for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the 2012 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change] This paper proposes an alternative qualitative vision on sustainable development that could inspire a global ethics for societal development and intergenerational accountability and, at the same time, expose specific responsibilities for policy, the private sector,

Activities on human rights for sustainable development governance during Rio+20

 Workshop on “The Need for a Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Development Governance” Rio De Janeiro, Thursday 14 June 2012. From left to right: Gaston Meskens (The Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry, University of Ghent, Belgium), Nathalie van Haren (Both ENDS; Netherlands), Uchita de Zoysa (CED; Sri Lanka), Paul

A Treaty on a Human Rights based approach to Sustainable Development Governance

In the preparatory process of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 in Rio De Janeiro (known as the Rio+20 Summit), I was invited to write a draft proposal for a Treaty on human rights for sustainable development. The text, distributed as the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty On Rights for

The last paradigm? – deliberate visions on a sustainable world

  [Contribution to the book “Intellectual Topographies and the Making of Citizenship”] About the book The book “Intellectual Topographies and the Making of Citizenship” gathers together writings on the transformation of the intellectual and the challenges posed by citizenship against the backdrop of dismantling the Modernity project, the decline of

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