What the coronavirus pandemic makes evident is that the remote future of recurring natural disasters is already here. And so the questions about our obligations to future generations, to the global poor, and to nonhuman nature raised by global climate change in relation to the intelligibility of current economic practices have suddenly become a single question. In order to create a future for humanity, in order to create a sustainable form of life, we must reinvent our ethical life. I shall argue that only a Convention Against Ecocide, on the model of Crimes Against Humanity, and a socialist, international law reconstruction of Human Rights is adequate to the task.
Presented by Jay Bernstein, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy.
Prep readings: Geology of Mankind; Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Gardiner: Is No One Responsible for Global Environmental Tragedy?
In The Current Moment: Perspectives from the Social Sciences and Humanities, 11 professors from The New School for Social Research share their own in-depth analyses on how a variety of contemporary social, political, economic, cultural and ethical problems have been amplified by the pandemic.