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Symposium on Axel Gosseries’ What Is Intergenerational Justice?

Axel Gosseries, Anca Gheaus, Anja Karnein, Ludvig Beckman, Lukas Meyer, Stephen Gardiner

Lisbon and Barcelona
20 October 2023

Can people alive now have duties to future generations, the unborn millions? If so, what do we owe them? What does “justice” mean in an intergenerational context, both between people who will coexist at some point, and between generations that will never overlap? In his new book, “What is Intergenerational Justice?” (Polity, 2023), Axel Gosseries provides a forensic examination of these issues. He discusses links between justice and sustainability, and looks at the implications of the fact that our successors’ preferences are heavily influenced by what we will actually leave them and by the education they receive. He also outlines how intergenerational considerations may translate into institutional design.

This symposium, a joint organization of the NOVA University Lisbon and the University of Barcelona within the research project “Present Democracy for Future Generations” (PTDC/FER-FIL/6088/2020) brings together a group of some of the world’s most reknowed scholars specializing on intergenerational justice to discuss the issues tackled in this book.

Org. André Santos Campos (NOVA University Lisbon), Pablo Magaña (NOVA University Lisbon) & Iñigo González-Ricoy (University of Barcelona)

To receive the Zoom link, please send an e-mail to: pfernandez@fcsh.unl.pt.


(Lisbon time/UTC+1/WEST)

13:45–14:00 Opening remarks
14:00–14:45 Anca Gheaus (CEU)
14:45–15:30 Ludvig Beckman (Stockholm University)
15:30–15:45 Coffee/tea break
15:45–16:30 Lukas Meyer (Uni Graz)
16:30–17:15 Anja Karnein (SUNY/Binghamton)
17:15–18:00 Stephen Gardiner (University of Washington)