Giovanni Frigo

Giovanni Frigo
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | KIT · Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

PhD

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Introduction
Dr. Frigo pursued his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas, home of the Centre for Environmental Philosophy and the first journal in the field, Environmental Ethics. His interdisciplinary preparation and research focus on the fundamental links between ethics and energy. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.
Additional affiliations
January 2019 - February 2020
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2018 - December 2018
Northern Michigan University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2014 - July 2018
University of North Texas
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 2013 - June 2018
University of North Texas
Field of study
  • Environmental Ethics
September 2010 - June 2011
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Field of study
  • Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy [ERASMUS Program]
January 2009 - November 2011
University of Verona
Field of study
  • Philosophical Sciences

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Publications (22)
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This article is intended as a broad review of contributions from the humanities and social sciences to the theme of energy ethics. Although not exhaustive and (unfortunately) limited to the English-speaking world, it surveys, describes and discusses several past and recent books and articles as well as interdisciplinary projects and conferences tha...
Thesis
Ecocentrism is a philosophical position developed in the field of environmental philosophy that offers an alternative view of the complex relationships between humans and the nonhuman world. This dissertation develops an ecocentric philosophy of energy in order to account for a wider set of ethics and values dimensions involved in energy politics....
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Access to an adequate level of uninterrupted, high quality, affordable, sufficient and useful energy services varies dramatically across countries. While some nations still experience energy poverty and struggle to fulfil basic needs, others consume well over what is considered sufficient to sustain wellbeing and human flourishing. These imbalances...
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The main goal of engineering ethics courses is to improve students' ethical competence by developing skills such as ethical sensitivity, awareness, analysis and judgement. In this paper, we propose that virtue ethics helps achieve these skills by bridging the gap between the epistemic and ethical aspects involved in teaching engineering ethics as w...
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EU funding agency for research and innovation networks (www.cost.eu). COST Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. ENGAGER brings together a diverse and extensive body of stakeholders to help understand and address the energy poverty challenge. ENGAGER consi...
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This chapter contributes to the debate about the emerging field of geoethics by questioning a central philosophical feature: (weak) anthropocentrism. Anthropocentrism is a mainstream ethical position held by many people in contemporary societies. It is difficult to recognise it as problematic because it pervades the language of many different disco...
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Alongside Sustainable Development Goal 7 and related policies, another potential strategy for enhancing access to energy services that are reliable, high quality, affordable, sufficient, sustainable and modern consists in theorizing and establishing “energy rights”. In critical dialogue with other attempts to theorize and implement a right to energ...
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Abstract Everywhere in the world, and in every period of human history, it has been common for energy decisions to be made in an ethically haphazard manner. With growing population pressure and increasing demand for energy, this approach is no longer viable. We believe that decision makers must include ethical considerations in energy decisions mor...
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This chapter reimagines the “ethics and politics of space” by looking at the topic of energy transition from the perspective of environmental ethics. It assumes that the low-carbon transition needs to update its philosophy in order to move beyond the so-called Capitalocene. The chapter begins with a critique of some problematic conceptual assumptio...
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“The Greek word for the first measure of all subsequent measures, for the first land-appropriation understood as the first partition and classification of space, for the primeval division and distribution, is nomos.“ C. Schmitt, The Nomos of the Earth (1950: 67)
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This article explores how fossil fuels are expressed on the surface of specific media: billboards. It is based on observations made during a “scholarly” road trip to West Texas aimed at studying the protests surrounding the construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Blending travel writing with a theoretical analysis of billboards, the article inves...
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Contrary to the shortsighted faith in the infinitude of means, this essay moves from the realization that, in times of global climate change and several man-made environmental issues, a philosophical reflection on the meaning of limitations and boundaries is of the utmost importance and may lead to concrete changes in policy and politics. I propose...
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This essay envisions the key moral principles that may constitute an energy ethic.
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Recent improvements in algal microbiology and bio-engineering are paving the way for a possible partial switch to algae-based energy systems. This paper argues that some technological energy arrangements, such as algae harvesting systems (e.g. NASA’s OMEGA project), have the potential not only to treat waste waters, absorb CO2 and generate sustaina...

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Questions (2)
Question
For the sake of environmental conservation I am interested in knowing more about studies that researched whether more/less diverse ecological system are also more/less resilient to perturbation. Does that depend on the scale of analysis? On the type of ecosystem? On latitude?
Scientific references and informed opinions are very welcome. thank you in advance for engaging.
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When comparing levels of per capita energy consumption and metrics of well-being such as the HDI it appears that over certain thresholds of use the quality of life does not improve significantly. Given that resources are limited and many people around the planet do not have access to minimal levels of energy, I am interested in researching whether it is possible to think about this issue in both ethical and legal terms.

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Exploring emerging interdisciplinary perspectives on the topic of energy ethics.