(Berkley Law, University of California, Berkley)

“The Climate Crisis and Collective Attitudes Towards the Future“

Christopher Kutz will expand upon his earlier work on complicity and collectivity. In his project for the network, Kutz will focus specifically on climate change as a consequence of unstructured collective wrongdoing in which the immediate effects of a single agent’s actions appear to make next to no difference and where alternatives to the status quo appear to be barely conceivable. As in his monograph Complicity (2000), Kutz will draw upon literature, arguing that “the very refractory nature of literature makes it well suited to ethical study. For the problem of extracting interpretation from literature is similar to the problem of assigning moral or legal responsibility in life. Both seek to reduce particularity to a procrustean set of categories of meaning and motive” (2000, 9).