Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era

We are one of the countless number of species that exist on our planet. However, we have forgotten our position in the universe as one of the many lifeforms that flourish one small planet in the infinite universe. Our audacity and ignorance has placed Earth in danger, and we have forgotten our precious dream that is the co-existence of all lifeforms.
This leads to the question, what kind of existence should we lead?
That is the answer we are searching for.

The Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era aims to place into perspective the origin of humanity and context of human existence, and to realize the Ecozoic Era in which the all lifeforms on Earth co-exist on the planet in harmony. It seeks alternatives for future society models and principles through integral approaches to science and humanities. Consisted of scholars of humanities, sociology and other various fields, it holds monthly book seminars and special lectures by experts from related fields.

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[Special Lecture Series of Academic Society on Visions of Ecozoic Era 2018] by Choong-sik Shin (July 23rd)
  • 2018-12-06
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On July 23rd 2018 at Tray Seoul, a lecture by Dr. Choong-sik Shin under the theme of ecological ethics of Hans Jonas. A German born American philosopher Jonas was the most important disciple of Martin Heidegger who pioneered ecological ethics studies. 

Dr. Shin, who led the lecture, took Jonas’s ecological ethics class at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, New York, where Jonas taught. Dr. Shin studied natural philosophy, phenomenology, and political philosophy. Currently he teaches various values, ethics and globalism at Humanitas College of Kyung Hee University. This February, he collaborated with the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) to publish “Thinking about Ecological Civilizations: Environmental Philosophy that Changes My Life”, “Ecology of the West” and “Environmental Ethics”. 

Dr. Shin talked about Jonas’s ethic of responsibility which brought the possibility of a true symbiotic relationship between man and nature based on Kant's categorical proposition. It was a great opportunity to reflect on why the 21st century ethics should be shifted from Kant's human-centered will-ethics to Jonas’s ethic of responsibility. 

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