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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Institut für Philosophie | Praktische Philosophie und Didaktik der Philosophie | Forschung | Workshop: Relational Moral Theory and the Future (05.-07. Oktober 2023)

Workshop: Relational Moral Theory and the Future

Das Plakat für den Relational Moral Theory and the Future Workshop.


  • Date: 5-7 October 2023, 2023 
  • Location: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Organizers: Valeska Martin and Kirsten Meyer (Institut für Philosophie – HU Berlin)


How to conceptualize moral obligations to future generations is still an unresolved question and a pressing challenge to person-affecting moral theory. Accelerating climate change and increasing resource scarcity add to the practical importance of finding plausible answers. Relational moral theory – such as versions of moral contractualism – might open the space for new insights, provide options to settle some of these puzzles and gain a new perspective on the future. At this workshop, we therefore aim at further exploring relational perspectives on future generations. Topic will include, for example: (How) can we account for moral obligations to future generations in relational terms? How do we relate to future people? Is it a relation of reciprocity, respect, a one-sided responsibility? Do we relate to future persons as individuals, as types, as abstract persons? Can moral contractualism or other complaints-based views get around or solve the non-identity problem? Should relational future ethics adopt a pluralist account of the reasons involved? What does a relational perspective imply for long-termism?


  • Gustaf Arrhenius, Institute for Futures Studies (IFFS) / Stockholm University
  • Tim Henning, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
  • Joe Horton, University College London
  • Anja Karnein, Binghamton University
  • Rahul Kumar, Queen’s University
  • Kritika Maheshwari, Delft University of Technology & Richard Endörfer, University of Gothenburg
  • Valeska Martin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Kirsten Meyer, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Jay Wallace, University of California, Berkeley

Program and Talks:

The program can be downloaded here: Workshop Program.


As space is limited, registration is required. The workshop will take place in person; digital participation is not possible. If you would like to attend please send an e-mail to

The deadline for registration is September 15, 2023.