Discussion papers from NOMIS’ first workshop series published

Led by Akeel Bilgrami, the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, an international group of leading scholars and scientists have published the discussion papers resulting from NOMIS’ workshop series, Nature and Value. The workshop, which was held on three occasions between 2012 and 2016 in London, focused on two main questions: “How and when did the concept of nature get transformed into the concept of natural resources?” and “What is the significance of disenchanting nature by evacuating it of all intrinsic value and relating to it in entirely instrumental terms — what are its human outcomes, its economic consequences, its political implications?”

The Nature and Value workshop enabled the renowned scholars and scientists to identify areas in which they might collaborate in new interdisciplinary research to gain fresh insights into the complex relations between humans and their natural environment. Bilgrami said, “Though we have always taken from nature, in all social worlds prior to the modern period there were rituals to show attitudes of respect and restorative return to nature before cycles of planting, and even hunting. It is only in the last 300 years or so that we have come to think that we might take from nature with impunity.”

The authors of the papers are Bilgrami, David Bromwich, Bina Gogineni, David Kahane, Nicholas Kompridis, Anthony Laden, Kyle Nichols, Joanna Piciotto, Robert Pollin, Sanjay Reddy, Carol Rovane, the late Jonathan Schell, James Tully and Jan Zalasiewicz. NOMIS Workshop Series: Nature and Value Discussion Papers is available for download on NOMIS’ Nature and Value page.