From a theoretical perspective, there seems to be widespread agreement about the extent, the causes, and the dire consequences of the climate crisis. Such consensus is absent, however, with regard to the practical-political question: what is to be done? Even if it seems obvious that a fundamental and global change of the economic and political system — a revolution of the whole mode of living — is necessary, it is unclear how exactly this can be achieved. What are the necessary and legitimate forms and means of such a transformation? To what extent are new forms of protest needed to respond to the urgency of the situation? What forms of disobedience and disruption or adaptation and moderation are necessary?

Andreas Malm is an associate professor of human ecology at Lund University. He is the author of Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming (2016) and How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire (2021).

Rupert Read is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, a Green party campaigner and a former spokesperson of Extinction Rebellion. He is the author of This Civilisation is Finished (2019) and Parents for the Future: How Loving Our Children Can Prevent Climate Collapse (2021).

Eva von Redecker is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Verona. She is the author of Praxis and Revolution. A Social Theory of Radical Change (2018) and Revolution für das Leben. Philosophie der neuen Protestformen (2020).

Robin Celikates is professor of philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin and co-director. He is the co-author of Sozialphilosophie. Eine Einführung (2017) with Rahel Jaeggi and co-editor of Analyzing Ideology (2019) with Sally Haslanger and Jason Stanley

In English

Andreas Malm
Rupert Read
Eva von Redecker

Chair: Robin Celikates

Organized by

Thomas Khurana

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