Anna Wienhues

Anna Wienhues
University of Oslo · Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas

PhD

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Introduction
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas of the University of Oslo. Previously I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Zurich and in 2018 I received my PhD in political theory from the University of Manchester. My work focuses on environmental ethics and green political theory. For example, in my book "Ecological Justice and the Extinction Crisis" (2020) I develop a biocentric account of interspecies justice.
Education
September 2014 - May 2018
The University of Manchester
Field of study
  • Political Theory

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This book defends an account of justice to nonhuman beings – i.e., to animals, plants etc. – also known as ecological or interspecies justice, and which lies in the intersection of environmental political theory and environmental ethics. More specifically, against the background of the current extinction crisis this book defends a global non-rankin...
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The concept of natural otherness can be found throughout the environmental ethics literature. Drawing on this concept, this article pursues two aims. For one, it argues for an account of individual natural otherness as stable difference as opposed to accounts of natural otherness that put more emphasis on independence for the purpose of differentia...
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While in the humanities and social sciences at large we can observe posthumanist developments that engage with the microbiome, microbes are still not a major topic of discussion within environmental ethics. That the environmental ethics literature has not engaged extensively with this topic is surprising considering the range of theoretical challen...
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Different arguments in favor of the moral relevance of the concept of biodiversity (e.g., in terms of its intrinsic or instrumental value) face a range of serious difficulties, despite that biodiversity constitutes a central tenet of many environmentalist practices and beliefs. That discrepancy is considerable for the debate on potential moral reas...
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Blog at: https://www.praefaktisch.de/grenzen-des-wachstums/gerechtigkeit-quo-vadis-die-suche-nach-planetaren-grenzen-nach-der-natur-in-gerechtigkeitstheorien/
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Journal: Tierstudien https://neofelis-verlag.de/verlagsprogramm/wissenschaft/animal-studies/1037/extinction.-das-grosse-sterben?c=339
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In any proposal for specicide, as represented by mosquito eradication, one must acknowledge that this involves a complex set of moral trade-offs. Taking it as given that the health burden of vector-borne diseases has to be reduced drastically, this chapter lays out the landscape of normative arguments that can be brought in the mosquito’s defence....
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FULL TEXT AVAILABLE OPEN-ACCESS VIA DOI LINK. Intensive animal agriculture’s high social-ecological footprint is relevant to debates such as on biological conservation and ecological sustainability. However, it does not feature prominently in the (small but growing) conservation sub-literature on just land-use that considers different aims of bio...
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This chapter provides an overview of ecological justice. Although the term ecological justice suggests that its focus lies on holistic systems rather than individuals, its scholarly discussions range from justice to individuals to justice to broader systems. The term 'interspecies justice' might imply a bidirectional justice relationship, but the b...
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This chapter discusses political non-ranking biocentrism, the most defensible account of such sort in the context of justice. For this, the political constitutes a qualification and non-ranking is a specification of the biocentric focus. The chapter begins by explaining the political approach to biocentrism. It then turns to how the author understa...
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This chapter investigates whether biodiversity loss is an injustice. Even though there is a fairly widely shared belief by conservation biologists and environmental ethicists that species extinctions are morally wrong, this intuition has usually not been framed in terms of justice. The chapter then looks at biodiversity loss from the harm avoidance...
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This chapter presents an alternative theoretical framework for grounding ecological justice: the capabilities approach. Rather than focusing on the distribution of some material goods themselves, the focus of the capabilities approach lies on the functionings — that is, doings and beings — and the capabilities — that is, opportunities or freedoms t...
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This chapter explores some implications of the book's framework in terms of how to implement and discharge duties of ecological justice, as for example in terms of ecological citizenship. Discharging duties of distributive interspecies justice becomes a matter of just implementation which in turn is driven by intra-social justice considerations.
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This chapter analyses the question of how one can move from claims about moral considerability to claims about justice. Moral considerability is a necessary, but not sufficient, criterion for being a holder of entitlements of justice. Taking it as a premise that all living beings are morally considerable, the chapter proposes that a grounded justif...
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This chapter examines ecological space as a suitable currency of distributive justice by analysing a range of different definitions of the concept. Ecological space is originally defined as comprising 'all the environmental goods and natural resources that play a part in the socio-economic life of humankind'. The chapter surveys how the concept of...
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This chapter focuses on developing principles of distributive justice — not only looking at ecological justice but also proposing complementary principles of environmental justice. In the context of a multitude of environmental crises and in regard to considerations about distributive justice in particular, it has become apparent that the circumsta...
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This chapter outlines an implication that a commitment to ecological justice has for theorising environmental justice. One necessary, but not sufficient, criterium for achieving compatibility between the author's framework of ecological justice and theories of social justice between humans is that theories of justice must be based on the premise th...
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This chapter evaluates the debate on just conservation that has developed around the so-called Half-Earth proposal. The Half-Earth proposal was put forward most prominently to a non-expert audience by biologist Edward O. Wilson. Its central idea can be found in earlier work that observed that an average of 50 per cent of every region needs to be pr...
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Commentary in 'Animal Sentience': Treves et al.’s article is an important contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary literature on what constitutes a viable and just response to the current biodiversity crisis. My commentary addresses three interrelated themes: (1) overcoming divisions, (2) hierarchies of moral worth and (3) ‘multispecies justi...
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The Half-Earth proposal (or ‘Nature Needs Half’) was put forward as an answer to the current sixth mass extinction crisis on Earth and sparked a debate with disagreement on empirical and normative questions. In this paper I focus on the so far undertheorised normative debate and will provide some conditions that would need to be fulfilled in order...
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This thesis lies in the overlap of environmental political theory and environmental ethics. More specifically, it focuses on the intersection between distributive ecological justice (justice to nature), and environmental justice (distributing environmental goods between humans). Against the backdrop of the current sixth extinction crisis, I address...
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Although ethical and justice arguments operate in two distinct levels—justice being a more specific concept—they can easily be conflated. A robust justification of ecological justice (justice to nature) requires starting at the roots of justice, rather than merely giving, for example, an argument for why certain non-human beings have moral standing...

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