Max-Weber-Kolleg, SPF Religion. Gesellschaft. Weltbeziehung., Forschung

„Wem gehört die Natur? – Juristische, philosophische und politische Aspekte“

24. Apr 2024, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Research building "Weltbeziehungen", seminar room (ground floor) (C19)
Die Natur gehört sich selbst?!
Heinrich Böll Foundation Thuringia
Bärbel Frischmann, Michael Riegner and Tilo Wesche, Moderation: Bettina Hollstein
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Input by Professor Tilo Wesche (member of the Collaborative Research Centre "Structural Change in Property") followed by a panel discussion with Bärbel Frischmann, Michael Riegner and Tilo Wesche.

Does nature belong to itself? Can it therefore be a subject that has its own rights like other legal subjects? And if so, what does this look like in concrete terms? What does it mean for our understanding of property? How can nature represent itself? Who can credibly act as its deputy? Behind such considerations lies an explosive question: How can we succeed in preserving the natural conditions in which we live from the brutal grip of interest-led global commercialisation and plundering as well as thoughtless overuse in the long term? As long as 50 years ago, the philosopher Hans Jonas called for nature to be granted its own right to exist so that life on our planet can continue to be worth living in the future. The threat to the climate not only questions our habits, but also throws our ways of thinking into disarray. Humans are no longer the centre of attention, but part of a shared world. What does that mean? The series of events is dedicated to these topics and invites people to engage in dialogue at various locations.


  • Professor Dr Bärbel Frischmann, Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Erfurt
  • Professor Dr Michael Riegner, Junior Professor of International Administrative Law and Public International Law at the University of Erfurt
  • Professor Dr Tilo Wesche, Professor of Practical Philosophy at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
  • Moderation: Professor Dr Bettina Hollstein


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