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Summer Issue 2024

Special Issue: Pragmatism and the Climate Crisis

The current environmental crisis, and particularly, climate change, represents a major challenge to societies around the globe. Citizens are not only facing challenges regarding food supply, decrease of biodiversity, or the rise of sea levels. Moreover, climate change puts our very habitual ways of organizing human life – social, political, cultural, intellectual, or educational – under radical scrutiny. What transformations should democratic societies undergo to respond to current environmental developments? What forms of economic organization should be striven for? What potential role can play science, technology, art, and education in this context? More fundamentally, how can we best think of human being’s relation to non-human nature?

Pragmatism can provide fruitful contributions to respond to these questions. As Steven Fesmire has put it, pragmatism can help us to rethink the way we define the environmental crisis and to find new, creative ways of addressing the problems derived from it. Emphasizing ethical pluralism, environmental pragmatism has also put emphasis on cooperative planning as a way of rethinking environmental ethics. Pragmatism can also contribute to developing our ecological imagination in new and disruptive ways. Furthermore, pragmatism can contribute to addressing the authoritarian dangers of environmentalism by promoting an ecological democracy (Honnacker). More recently, critical naturalist authors have also shown how pragmatist naturalism can also contribute to a fundamental critique of contemporary societies in light of the environmental disasters of our time.

PT invites to submit papers that further elaborate on pragmatist approaches addressing the deep challenges posed by climate change and the environmental crisis, exploring their theoretical and practical fruitfulness. We are not only interested in papers that draw on the resources classical and contemporary pragmatist authors can offer, but also on papers that explore the possibility of engaging with fruitful dialogue with philosophical traditions and currents such as Critical Theory, Phenomenology, Feminism, and Post-Colonial studies.

The papers should be between 15-20 pages (6000-9000 words).

The deadline for paper submission is January 15, 2024

Please send papers to Dr. Just Serrano-Zamora (justserrano@gmail.com)


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