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Current sustainability research makes it unmistakably clear that ecological limits must be observed when irreversible negative consequences for human survival and life are to be prevented. Adherence to these limits does not seem feasible without restrictions, e.g. on consumer behavior. At the same time, in public debates about such restrictions in terms of sustainability - a particularly well-known example is the discussion about a speed limit - it is often argued that freedom is a central value of liberal democracy and as such should not be restricted. "But is this juxtaposition of freedom and limits at all justified, especially from a liberal perspective?" This is the question that ZIN staff members Carolin Bohn and Tobias Gumbert address in a new publication.

Their contribution entitled "'Green liberal freedom' as a building block of a socio-ecological ethics of borders" has been published as part of the recently published conference proceedings "Grenzgänge der Ethik" (ed.: J. Becker, S. Kistler, M. Niehoff). The conference volume contains eleven contributions that discuss the significance of the concept of borders in the context of various current topics, including migration, transhumanism and postcolonialism.

Source: Bohn, Carolin; Gumbert, Tobias (2020): "Green liberal freedom" as a building block of a socio-ecological ethics of borders, IN: Becker, Josef; Kistler, Sebastian; Niehoff, Max (eds.): Grenzgänge der Ethik (= Forum Sozialethik 22), Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, pp. 131 - 148.
(published in German)