On 27th November 2023 Giulia Battistoni will give a talk at the Department of German and Russian languages of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA) on the topic: Human Responsibility Towards Nature: From Ontology to Ethics. Insights from German Romanticism, Hegel and Hans Jonas.


The talk, developed within the “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Collective Responsibility towards nature and future generation” research project, funded by the European Union, aims at reconstructing central features of a model of living organisms elaborated upon by some Romantic philosophers in the early19th century and further developed by G.W.F. Hegel. It will be argued that this model is relevant to the contemporary philosophical biology of Hans Jonas, serving as a fruitful ontological basis for an ethical theory of responsibility towards nature, capable of combining biocentric and anthropocentric instances with interesting and original implications for environmental ethics.