No Decarbonization without Democratization: To Save the Planet, Open Democracy

Online Faculty Colloquia by Hélène Landemore
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Wednesday 20 Apr 2022, 16:00 - 17:00
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Meeting ID: 993 4425 1057

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The Faculty Colloquia aim to cover the broad scope of Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil), in analytic and continental philosophy as well as the history of philosophy. Speakers are free in their choice of the subject matter of their talks, but are requested to present a talk accessible to all philosophers, students notably included. In this colloquia, Hélène Landemore will speak on the necessity of a deepening of democratic regimes in order to reach climate justice. 


Landemore argues that the path to climate justice and, in particular, decarbonization will have to go through a deepening of democratic regimes so as to include more people and more ways of thinking in the law and policy processes. Building on evidence from various climate assemblies around the world, and especially the case of the French Climate Convention that she observed first-hand, Landemore will argue that citizen-produced solutions are more likely to be ambitious, creative, and acceptable to the larger public than purely expert-supported solutions (such as, e.g., a carbon tax).

During the same week as her talk at the Faculty Colloquium, Landemore will also serve as keynote speaker (online) at the workshop on Formal Models of Democracy at the Erasmus School of Philosophy.


Hélène is a Professor of Political Science (with a specialization in political theory) at Yale University. Her research and teaching interests include democratic theory, political epistemology, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy.

Hélène is the author of Hume (Presses Universitaires de France: 2004), a historical and philosophical investigation of David Hume’s theory of decision-making; Democratic Reason (Princeton University Press: 2013, Spitz prize 2015), an epistemic defense of democracy; Open Democracy (Princeton University Press 2020), a vision for a new kind, more open form of democracy based on non-electoral forms of representation, including representation based on random selection; and Debating Democracy (Oxford University Press 2021), with Jason Brennan, where she argues against her co-author that we need more rather than less democracy.

Hélène has also co-edited a volume on Collective Wisdom (Cambridge University Press 2012) with Jon Elster (Columbia University) and a volume on Digital Technology and Democratic Theory (Chicago University Press 2020with Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich (Stanford University).

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