You can view the September talk of the 2020 Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series via CAHSSeffect.org. Common CAHSS is a set of programing tied to a particular theme and brought to you by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS, pronounced “cause”) at UW-Green Bay. The 2020 theme is Beyond Sustainability and Prof. Staudinger’s Sept. 24, 2020 talk was titled Making Good Choices: Thinking about Ethics Beyond Sustainability. Prof. David Voelker, the co-chair of Common CAHSS, provided an introduction to the talk and this year’s theme.
Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies) explored the difficulty of ethical action in the face of multiple crises, drawing on the work of Alexis Shotwell whose book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times, argues that alongside the temptation to give up on ethics altogether is a desire to remove ourselves utterly from messy, complex systems through completely pure action.