Publikationsdatum 17.11.2022


Ludovico Conti erhält den Ethikpreis der Universität Freiburg für seine Masterarbeit in Environmental Sciences and Humanities mit dem Titel Framing rewilding as a restorative justice practice: from righting wrongs to practical implementations. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

Seit 2012 vergibt der Hochschulrat der Universität Freiburg alle zwei Jahre einen Ethikpreis. Er ist mit CHF 5'000 dotiert und soll eine Masterarbeit auszeichnen, die im Bereich der angewandten Ethik angesiedelt ist oder die in ihrem Fachgebiet ethische Fragen von Bedeutung für Forschung und wissenschaftliche Lehre aufwirft und behandelt.

Der Abstract der Arbeit lautet: To tackle the current climate crisis, transformative changes to the level of paradigms, goals and values are needed. How to redesign our relationship with nature is one of the critical issues arising in this transition. Some claim that anthropocentrism should be discarded as it does not endorse the required policies and practices. I contend that this stance does not consider the embeddedness of anthropocentrism in our culture. Contrastingly, I submit that it would be much more helpful if anthropocentrists could be shown that, if consistently applied, anthropocentrism supports the necessary transformative changes. To this goal, I mount a case for rewilding (i.e., the most contested restorative practice) in the least favourable conditions: within a contractarian framework. My argument develops on four points. First, I argue that all biotic and abiotic entities have rights. Secondly, I display the widely accepted view that violating someone’s right necessitates compensation. Thirdly, by drawing a simile between compensation and rewilding, I defend that rewilding can be conceived as a compensatory mechanism for nonhumans. Finally, I show how humans are infringing nonhumans’ rights. These premises permit me to argue that even the most radical moral expansionist theory, viz. anthropocentrism, provides a reasoned argument for rewilding. Having demonstrated such imperative, I establish the consequences that such a conclusion entails: we need to redesign the subsidies system, constitutionalise moral rights, and reorganise our physical spaces in a more fluid and porous manner.

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