Ethics and Politics of Landscape in the Anthropocene

Proposal for: Calls for ST&TD Project Grants – 2020

Project reference: PTDC/FER-FIL/0885/2020

Since the onset of the new millennium, landscape, as a concept and theme, has been increasingly present in the most diverse fields of knowledge with a growth of consideration that, as a whole, may be understood as a broad theoretical and practical reflection. This attention to the concept of landscape has occurred in parallel with the emergence of a concept related to a new planetary era, the so-called Anthropocene, which describes the tremendous influence of humankind in the transformation of the Earth. Given that the anthropogenic transformation and the destruction of our planet are the causes of most of ecological, social and cultural problems of our time, the present project aims to develop ethical and political approaches and possible solutions from the point of view of the Philosophy of Landscape. The present project on ETHICS AND POLITICS OF LANDSCAPE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE (EPOPAN) will shed light on the Philosophy of Landscape as a core theme of Practical Philosophy and Landscape as a political paradigm which favors the interrelation among ontological, anthropological, phenomenological, aesthetical, pedagogical and social issues, between other important fields of action and knowledge. ETHICS AND POLITICS OF LANDSCAPE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE aims to be non-anthropocentric, because it considers the necessity of a horizontal interaction of all forms of life as fundamental for a balanced and exuberant biodiversity on Earth. Being aware that environmental philosophy has formulated important proposals concerning the protection and safeguarding of global biosphere, the present project distinguishes itself by accentuating the diversity and singularity of landscapes as concrete contexts of life. Ethics and Politics of Landscape consider the age of the Anthropocene as the age of recognition, not only of the human beings, but of life as a whole, and as the age of responsibility, which finally brings out the awareness that unlimited human action on Earth and unlimited exploitation of natural resources does not contribute to the well-being, but to the suffering of all forms of life. The heterogeneous composition of the research group, accompanied by a highly qualified Advisory Board makes possible a comprehensive approach to the urgent ethical and political issues of the present time. In summary, the project “Ethics and Politics of the Landscape in the Anthropocene” deals with the consolidation of the Philosophy of Landscape as a leading discipline in view of an upcoming paradigm shift. It will rely on a unique and comprehensive set of publications produced by the research group on Philosophy of the Landscape. Our project endorses and promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 11) Sustainable Cities and Comunities, Goal 13) Climate Action, Goal 14) Life Below Water an Goal 15) Life on Land.

Research Team

Advisory Board

Paolo D’Angelo (University of Rome/Italia)

Gernot Böhme (University of Darmstadt/Germany)

Jürgen Hasse (University of Frankfurt am Main/Germany)

Angelika Krebs (University of Basel/Switzerland)

Principal Investigator

Dirk Michael Hennrich (University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Co-Principal Investigator

Adriana Veríssimo Serrão (University of Lisbon/Portugal)


Ana Nolasco Maria da Silva (UNIDCOM/IADE – Lisbon/Portugal)

Arthur Simões Caetano Cabral (University of Goiás/Brasil)

Artur Simoes Rozestraten (University of São Paulo/Brasil)

Fernando M. F. Silva (University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Giancarlo de Aguiar (University do Oeste de Santa Catarina- UNOESC/Brasil)

Inês de Sousa Marques (University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Julio Barea Pastore (University of Brasilia/Brasil)

Luca Vargiu (University of Cagliari/Italy)

Marcello Tanca (University of Cagliari/Italy)

Mateusz Salwa (University of Warsaw/Poland)

Paulo A. E. Borges (University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Paulo Edison Belo Reyes (University Rio Grande do Sul/Brasil)

Michel Rautenberg (Cetre Max Weber/Université Jean Monnet/Françe)

Sandra Maria Patrício Ribeiro (University of São Paulo/Brasil)

Silvio Luiz Cordeiro (Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia/MAE/Brasil)

Soraya Nour Sckell (NOVA University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Tiago Mesquita Carvalho (University of Lisbon/Portugal)

Ursula Reitemeyer-Witt (University of Münster/Germany)

Valentina Serra (University of Cagliari/Italy)

Vladimir Bartalini (University of São Paulo/Brasil)