Corine Pelluchon

Department of Philosophy,

Université Gustave Eiffel

by Sabine Vielmo

Corine Pelluchon is a Professor of Philosophy at the Université Gustave Eiffel. She is also a statutory member of the Hannah Arendt Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Political Studies. Corine works within moral and political philosophy, as well as medical, environmental and animal ethics. She is an expert on the work of Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas. In her book “Éthique de la consideration”, she develops an ‘ethics of virtue’, helping us to deal with the challenges of modern societies. In 2020, she received the Günther Anders Prize for critical thinking. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, Corine Pelluchon will collaborate on the programme “The Foundations of Value and Values”.


Selected Publications

  • "Les Lumières à l’âge du vivant", 2021
  • "Réparons le monde. Humains, animaux, nature", 2020
  • "Éthique de la consideration", 2018
  • "Manifeste animaliste. Politiser la cause animale", 2017
  • "Les Nourritures. Philosophie du corps politique", 2015
    ("Nourishment. Philosophy of the Political Body", Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • "Ecology as New Enlightenment", Global Solutions Journal, Issue 7, Mai 2021, p. 218-223.

What gives you hope?

The taking into account of ecology and the interest of a growing part of the population, especially the young people, for the animal cause are signs of a new age that I call the age of the living – in which we accept our common vulnerability and have a relationship with others that is not a relationship of domination.

How does change happen?

Profound changes take place through a reorganization of one’s representations and one’s values which has an impact on one’s affects and one’s behavior; but often it is a personal crisis or a shock which triggers the questioning of one’s habits and ways and lead to freeing oneself from alienating traditions and outdated representations.

What is the best advice you ever got?

Listen to your heart and dare to think for yourself, but sometimes also against yourself, to find the best way to take part in the collective work of building a more sustainable and fairer world, for both human beings and animals.


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