February 11, 2020 at 2:14 pm

Bernstein Authors Article about ‘Cosmopolitanism and the Climate Crisis’

Dr. Alyssa Bernstein, portrait

Dr. Alyssa Bernstein

Dr. Alyssa Bernstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ohio University, authored an article about “Cosmopolitanism and the Climate Crisis” in ConTextos Kantianos, an international journal.

“My article is published in an international, peer reviewed journal (based in Spain). ConTextos Kantianos (Kantian ConTexts) is a journal devoted to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, the great thinker of the 18th-century German Enlightenment. It is open-access (freely available to anyone via the internet). The abstract of my article mentions the political scientist David Held, and offers some of the reasons why I discuss his work; one additional reason is that Held’s recent death was a great loss to the field of political theory,” Bernstein says.

Abstract: As awareness of global warming has spread during the past couple of decades and developed into the realization that humanity faces an existential threat, a number of more or less Kantian liberal or cosmopolitan moral and political theorists have attempted to address questions of justice raised by the climate crisis. David Held was among the most prolific and influential of them. Here I discuss Held’s cosmopolitan perspective on climate governance and consider its bearing on certain recent proposals for new institutions, including in particular a proposal offered by John Broome and Duncan Foley for establishing a World Climate Bank (WCB). I argue that such a WCB may be endorsable from Held’s perspective, depending how the initial proposal may get further developed. Held’s approach to politics is similar to Kant’s in certain significant respects, including the role of hope. Both approaches are valuable and important in relation to the climate crisis.


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