intergenerational justice; normative theory; value conflicts; weighing of interests; responsibility; democracy
We look for consortia that is searching for an expertise in intergenerational justice. We are working on the normative nature of the present generation’s relation to future generations on a theoretical as well as on a practical level (with a focus on climate ethics and policy making). In our research we ask questions such as: Do we owe future generations to adopt additional measures against certain risks and potential harmful consequences? And if yes, to what extent and in which way? How can policy measures be assessed from a normative perspective? What are the needs to be considered and how can positive and negative consequences for different generations and groups be compared and weighed? What duties do individual agents have under the current non-ideal circumstances to contribute to the achievement of collective solutions and how to deal with differences in opinions towards this question? These and other questions are investigated in projects at the Department of Philosophy in interdisciplinary cooperation at the University of Graz and on an international level.
The University of Graz (UNIGRAZ) is an Austrian university under federal public law founded 1585. It is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Austria (32.000 students/4.100 employees).
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Lukas H. Meyer is Professor for Philosophy and Head of the Section for Moral and Political Philosophy He studied philosophy, political science, history and public international law at the Universität Tübingen, FU Berlin, Washington University in St. Louis, Yale Law School and the University of Oxford. He was Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Harvard University and Feodor-Lynen Research Fellow at the Columbia University in NYC. His fields of work include philosophy, ethics, political, legal and social philosophy. His research focuses on justice in space and time. Ongoing research projects on intergenerational justice, the ethics of climate change and historical justice. Lukas Meyer is the spokesperson (head of the project) of the interdisciplinary FWF Doctoral Programme Climate Change - Uncertainties, Thresholds and Coping Strategies, that was authorized in 2013 (https://dk-climate-change.uni-graz.at/en/). In 2017 the Doctoral Programme was extended for another four years. For that, please notice https://scilog.fwf.ac.at/en/videos/climate-change-consequences Since May 2019 Lukas Meyer is the spokesperson of the Field of Excellence Climate Change Graz. For that, please notice https://climate-change.uni-graz.at/en/.
In Climate Change Graz over a hundred researchers are investigating climate change and the economic, production-related, social, political and legal changes that are necessary for a sustainable transformation. The aim of Climate Change Graz is to gain a better understanding of the uncertainties, risks and opportunities associated with climate change, particularly with regard to critical thresholds, the exceeding of which would threaten the continued existence of various systems. To this end, possible strategies for a transition to an almost emission-free and climate-robust economy and society are investigated, which are connected with a fundamental transformation of many economic, technical, social, political and legal processes and ways of life.