Seminar Series: Diversity as a challenge to designing ethical food systems? by Matthias Kaiser, D.Phil
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The talk will focus on the issues of value diversity and scientific uncertainty as basic conditions for frameworks of sustainable and ethical food systems. Given these conditions, how should we as scholars design our research in order to capture social realities, both globally and nationally? Or should we turn into ardent advocates of specific ethical theories based on our individual choices? The issue has particular relevance when we aim at policy relevance for our work: what does it take for academia to be a partner in societal transformative changes towards better ethics and sustainability in our foodways?
Matthias Kaiser is Professor Emeritus at the Center for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities (SVT) at the University of Bergen, and Prof. II at the NTNU in Trondheim, having studied at the universities of Munich, Oslo, Stanford and Frankfurt. He is also an Affiliated Fellow at the Koi Tū: Centre for Informed Futures, University of Auckland, and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Food Ethics. His areas of expertise include: philosophy of science, ethics of science, food ethics, technology assessment and science-for-policy. His topics of interest include but are not restricted to: aquaculture, seafood and food ethics, value studies, the precautionary principle, uncertainty & complexity, practical ethics, integrity in science, and public participation.