Phenomenology and Linguistics
Vol. 4, No. 2 (2016)



Responsibility and Justice for Future Generations in Dialogue with Phenomenology

Editors: Matthias Fritsch and Ferdinando G. Menga

We invite scholars to develop ways in which phenomenology and related perspectives can help reconceive, or provide justificatory underpinnings for, responsibility towards future generations, or critically engage with extant approaches or mainstream theories. Many extant theories of intergenerational justice in the fields of ethics, politics, and law, crucially recur upon moral intuitions that in the case of justice for future people may no longer remain unquestioned in their genesis, or extrinsic to the theoretical structure. Furthermore, extant theories may insufficiently interrogate a primacy inadvertently granted to the present, or they may bypass the question of temporality by advocating a meta-temporal approach, or fail to genuinely address the function that futurity plays within an ethics that seeks to address the issue of future generations. Finally, given the otherness of future people, an ethics for the future should consider the pivotal role that the alterity of the moral other plays in the realms of ethics, politics and law. Suggested topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

  • Intergenerational responsibility and justice from a phenomenological, hermeneutic, or post-structuralist perspectives.
  • Phenomenological, hermeneutic, or post-structuralist critiques of major extant theories devoted to the issue of intergenerational obligations.
  • The importance of the notion of futurity (of generations) in ethics, politics, and law.
  • The relation between future ethics and environmental ethics in phenomenology (e.g., in eco-phenomenology).
  • A phenomenology of future generations: whose generations – of humans, non-human animals etc.?
  • The role of future ethics and future democracy in the thought of primary authors in the areas of phenomenology and/or post-structuralism (such as Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Lévinas, Derrida, Marion, Nancy, Waldenfels, etc.)

Deadline for submission: May, 31st, 2017.
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Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy
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