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Date(s) - November 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Longs Peak Room, Lory Student Center


“Intergenerational Ethics and Sustainability: A Confucian Relational Perspective”

Marion Hourdequin, Colorado College

Wednesday, November 15, Longs Peak Room, LSC 302 | 4 pm

What do we owe to future generations? And how does this connect to the idea of sustainability? Discussions of sustainability often focus on tradeoffs, asking how much current generations should sacrifice for those that follow. Dr. Hourdequin offers a different perspective, showing how early Confucian thought can support a view of sustainability grounded in relations of gratitude and reciprocity. By conceptualizing community as extended in time, Confucian philosophy offers a view of intergenerational ethics and sustainability rooted in the shared goal of multi-generational flourishing.