On Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30 PM (CET), we are hosting a book presentation for Philosophy of the Environment (Filosofia dell’ambiente) with book author Elena Casetta, in conversation with Tomislav Medak and Lara Barbara.


Yorgos Christidis


Elena Casetta works at the Department of Philosophy and Education at the University of Turin (Italy), where she teaches Philosophy of Nature and Philosophy of Biology. She is a Member of Labont Center for Ontology.

Trained in theoretical philosophy, she then specialized in philosophy of biology at the IHPST (Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques), CNRS/Paris 1/ENS Paris, and at the Centre for Philosophy of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

She works mainly on environmental philosophy and the philosophy of biodiversity with a focus on conservation sciences.

Her latest books are Brill’s Companion to the Philosophy of Biology (Brill, 2019), written with A. Borghini; From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity (Springer, 2019), edited with Davide Vecchi and Jorge Marques da Silva; Filosofia dell’ambiente (Il Mulino, 2023).

Yorgos Christidis


Lara Barbara is a PhD student at FINO, Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium, working on a project entitled “Resilience in Social-Ecological Systems. From Conceptual Defectiveness Analysis to A Re-Framing Proposal”.

Yorgos Christidis


Tomislav Medak is a researcher with a PhD on technopolitics and planetary environmental crisis and currently one of the organizers of the Degrowth Conference 2023 in Zagreb.

Philosophy of the Environment

In the 1960s and 1970s, environmentalists were made fun of as “tree huggers”; somewhat eccentric, romantic, and idealistic characters, far from the real world with its concrete needs and dynamics.

Today, the general attitude has changed: In the space of fifty years, environmental issues have gone from being the concern of often mocked minorities to the top item on political agendas. However, in reading the various environmental reports and policies produced by intergovernmental scientific organisationsmany of which are available onlinewhat stands out is that the meaning of the term “environment” is generally taken for granted, that is not made explicit.

Philosophy of the Environment

About the Session

Starting from the book, Filosofia dell’ambiente (Il Mulino 2023), this presentation will discuss what the Philosophy of the Environment is—or could be—, it will reconstruct how the modern concept of environment emerged, and how it is—or has to be—understood today, in light of the current environmental crisis.

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