Justice through a multispecies lens

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Celermajer, Danielle, Chatterjee, Sria, Cochrane, Alasdair, Fishel, Stefanie, Neimanis, Astrida, O'Brien, Anne, Reid, Susan, Srinivasan, Krithika, Schlosberg, David and Waldow, Anik. (2020). Justice through a multispecies lens. Contemporary Political Theory. 19(3), pp. 475-512. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41296-020-00386-5
AuthorsCelermajer, Danielle, Chatterjee, Sria, Cochrane, Alasdair, Fishel, Stefanie, Neimanis, Astrida, O'Brien, Anne, Reid, Susan, Srinivasan, Krithika, Schlosberg, David and Waldow, Anik
Abstract

The bushfires in Australia during the Summer of 2019–2020, in the midst of which we were writing this exchange, violently heightened the urgency of the task of rethinking justice through a multispecies lens for all of the authors in this exchange, and no doubt many of its readers. As I finish this introduction, still in the middle of the Australian summer, more than 10 million hectares (100,000 km2 or 24.7 million acres) of bushland have been burned and over a billion individual animals killed. This says nothing of the others who will die because their habitat and the relationships on which they depend no longer exist. People all around the world are mourning these deaths and the destruction of unique ecosystems. As humans on this planet, and specifically as political theorists facing the prospect that such devastating events will only become more frequent, the question before us is whether we can rethink what it means to be in ethical relationships with beings other than humans and what justice requires, in ways that mark these deaths as absolute wrongs that obligate us to act, and not simply as unfortunate tragedies that leave us bereft.

Year2020
JournalContemporary Political Theory
Journal citation19 (3), pp. 475-512
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN1470-8914
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1057/s41296-020-00386-5
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85082809263
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Page range475-512
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Online17 Mar 2020
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