Nature in Modern Society, Now and in the Future – a philosophers’ dialogue

29-10-2015 | News item

On 11 November 2015, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency will host a philosophers’ dialogue on the future of nature and nature policy in the EU. Four distinguished philosophers, including Bruno Latour, will discuss their ideas with each other and the audience.

Changing role of nature

The role of nature in our society is changing, with ‘nature for people’ and ‘people and nature’ as upcoming frames. What does this mean for nature policy on EU, national and other levels, in the long term? And how does the changing role of nature relate to other topical themes like sustainable food and healthy cities? 

Four renowned philosophers will engage in an inspirational, thought-provoking exchange of ideas on the fundamental value of nature and its relationship with society:

The dialogue will be moderated by Matthijs Schouten, author of Spiegel van de natuur (Mirror of nature) and presenter of NTR Academy on Dutch television. PBL Director-General Hans Mommaas will act as host for this event.

annemarie mol

Annemarie Mol

Roger Scruton

Wilhelm Schmid

Time and location

11 November 2015, 13:00 – 18:00 hrs

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The venue is easily accessible from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Central Station. Lunch will be provided from 12:00 hrs.

Nature Outlook

This philosophers’ dialogue is part of the Nature Outlook project, which aims to offer a fresh look at  EU nature policy by exploring the different ways people view and value nature. Connecting to these different motivations may help to increase the engagement of citizens and businesses and to bridge the gap with other sectors, such as agriculture, health care, and energy.