I am a first year Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology & Social Change, Linköping University, with an MA in Political Science from Stockholm University. My primary academic training is in the field of political theory, within which I have authored both my undergraduate- and graduate thesis. My previous research has primarily revolved around questions of the subject, such as human autonomy, sovereignty and the nature of the self, at the intersection of ontology, epistemology and politics. I have been particularly interested in its consequences for our understanding of the concept of emancipation. My master’s thesis can be described as political theoretical investigation into the deconstruction of western metaphysics, focusing on the challenge that contemporary theorists of the political have faced when attempting to reconcile deconstruction with the classical understanding of emancipation founded on Enlightenment reason.
What perplexes me is how we should try to think and theorize the different normative responsibilities we face in our contemporary world, where an environmental ethics seems to demand from us something more than the anthropocentrism of classical normative theory, founded on an idea of special moral attention towards some arbitrarily chosen entity. In other words, how can we assimilate a critique of anthropocentrism together with an ethico-political imperative (an imperative which is crucial to maintain for the possibility of a critique of existing inequalities) that requires an understanding of every beings intrinsic value as expressed precisely through a rights-based framework? For the possibility of treating the other in a responsible manner, it is required that we establish its identity; that we attempt to understand it. Yet, the act of identification is also one of reduction, always running the risk of speaking for the other instead of speaking with it.
It is this ethical double-bind to environmental science which interests me, i.e. the question of epistemic certainty in the face of radically new technological possibilities, transforming the range and effect of our actions upon the environment. Such transformed possibilities, then, seem to require both a responsibility to know, and a responsibility to admit that we do not fully know, both equally important to navigate a healthy relationship to our environment.
Apart from the relation between environmental science and the question of certainty, I have a penchant, more broadly, for philosophy of science, environmental ethics, cybernetics and posthumanism.
Keywords: philosophy of science, environmental ethics, cybernetics, posthumanism.
My thesis is still in the early stages of its development, but the intention – following the interests deliberated upon in the previous section – is for it to explore the ethical dilemma to environmental science from the question of epistemic certainty.
Besides being based at Linköping University, I am also a member of a larger research programme funded by Mistra and Formas, “The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory”. Among other things you can find me blogging on its website (theseedbox.se).
Telephone: 013-28 58 07
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Department of Thematic Studies -
Technology and Social Change
SE-581 83 Linköping
Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.
The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.
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