Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:October 2016−September 2017
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»In Solidarity with Future Generations«
Traditional accounts of justice hold that we have obligations of justice towards fellow citizens
who are our contemporaries. This standard view about the scope of justice has come increasingly
under challenge in both its spatial and temporal dimensions. Extending the scope of justice over
time by asking what duties we may owe to future generations appears especially pressing today.
As the world’s population grows past the present 7 billion, it appears that we will soon run out
of the resources needed to sustain so many people. Do we have a duty to limit our use of nonrenewable
natural resources for the sake of future generations?
While theorists of intergenerational justice have been primarily concerned with justifying the
existence and content of such duties, they have paid less attention to the implications that the
remoteness (time-distance) of future people may have on the motivation to act upon the duties
of justice we have towards them. This is exemplified by the fact that we may care more about
our close relatives than about our distant ones. A focus on the problem of the motivational force
of considerations of intergenerational justice emphasizes the challenges posed by human moral
psychology to normative theorizing; although we may accept intergenerational duties of justice
in principle, we must also be persuaded to act upon them. My postdoctoral research will focus
on the question of how best to articulate our theories of intergenerational justice given the need
to address the problem of moral motivation. By building on recent arguments in global justice,
I hope to show that an account of intergenerational solidarity that includes distant future
generations represents the most promising strategy to address it. (Sara Amighetti)
Funding of the stay:»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«
Scholarly profile of Sara Amighetti In 2016, Sara Amighetti completes her doctorate at the University College London. The title of her thesis is »Relational Egalitarianism, Justice and the Boundary Problem«.
Please find more information about Sara Amighetti here.
Main areas of research:Political Theory; Theories of Justice
- (with A. Nuti) »A Nation’s Right to Exclude and the Colonies«, in: Political Theory (forthcoming). (DOI:10.1177/0090591715589764)
- (with A. Nuti) »Towards a Shared Redress: Achieving Historical Justice Through Democratic Deliberation«, in: The Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 23 (4), 2015. (DOI: 10.1111/jopp.12059)
- (with A. Nuti) »David Miller’s Theory of Redress and the Complexity of Colonial Injustice«, in: Ethics & Global Politics, Vol. 8, 2015. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/egp.v8.26333)