Professor of International Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:June 2010; June/July 2011; August 2012−July 2013, 2022-2024 (Goethe-Fellow)
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Hope for Human Prospects in The Anthropocene Era«
My research project concerns the outlook for humanity in the era of the Anthropocene, an era of pervasive human impact on planetary systems. Humanity has flourished over the last 11,000 years of relative climatic and planetary stability, the Holocene era. The Anthropocene threatens that stability and therefore the natural conditions of human flourishing. This threat is a source of considerable anxiety, and responding to it requires unprecedented international cooperation in order to ensure the sustainability and resilience of both our valued institutions of liberal democracy and the achievements of culture and science. Kant’s question, asked back in the 18th century, remains relevant to the Anthropocene. For what may we hope? My research develops philosophical conceptions of hope, solidarity, sustainability, and resilience that are relevant to the threats of the Anthropocene, and that can inform both politics and institutional design. (Darrel Moellendorf)
Scholarly profile of Darrel Moellendorf Darrel Moellendorf is Professor of International Political Theory and Philosophy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He is a political theorist and philosopher with a focus on political, environmental and moral philosophy. He is also interested in economic philosophy and political economy. Most recently he has published primarily on climate justice, global justice, hope and the doctrine of just war. He has published two books on global justice, Cosmopolitan Justice (Westview 2000) and Global Inequality Matters (Palgrave 2009), and one book on climate justice, The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2014). Another book on this subject is forthcoming, Mobilizing Hope: Climate Change and Global Poverty (Oxford University Press 2022).
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Main areas of research:Applied Ethics, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Economics, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Environmental Politics, Political Economy, Political Theory
- Mobilizing Hope: Climate Change and Global Poverty, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022.
- »Economic Contagion and Pro-Poor Social Epidemiology«, in: Journal of Social Philosophy, online early at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/josp.12375, 2020.
- »Hope for Material Progress in the Age of the Anthropocene«, in: Claudia Blöser und Titus Stahl (Hg.), The Moral Psychology of Hope, London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.
- »Progress, Destruction, and the Anthropocene«, in: Social Philosophy and Policy, 34:2, pp. 66-88, 2017.
- The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.
- »A Normative of Account of Dangerous Climate Change«, in: Climatic Change 108:1, pp. 57-72, 2011.
- Cosmopolitan Justice, Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002.