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Barbara Muraca

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
  • Additional Title: Colloquium Committee Chair
  • Office: 242 Susan Campbell Hall
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm during Fall 2020 on Zoom
  • Teaching Level: Doctoral, Masters, Undergraduate
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies
  • Website: Website

Research Interests

  1. General areas of research:
    Process Philosophy (A.N. Whitehead); Environmental and Social Philosophy; Feminist Philosophy; Political Ecology
  2. Current research:
    - Human-Nature Relationships, value and valuation of ecosystem services. My work focuses on the concept of "relational values" and explores plural, non-Western languages of valuation beyond the dichotomy between intrinsic and instrumental values
    - Sustainability Theory and the International Degrowth Movement: my current research focuses on crisis scenarios beyond economic growth and the role of new social movements for a radical social-ecological transformation.
    - Global Environmental Justice and Political Ecology. 


Barbara Muraca is Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Her research focuses on Environmental and Social Philosophy, Process Philosophy, and Political Ecology. Prior to working at University of Oregon she was Assistant Professor of Environmental and Social Philosophy at Oregon State University and Senior Researcher (Post-Doc) at the Center for Advanced Studies 'Post-growth Societies' at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Jena, Germany. Muraca received her MA in Philosophy from the University of Turin, Italy, and her Ph.D. from the University of Greifswald, Germany. She is currently co-director of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy (IAEP). Since Summer 2018 she is a Lead Author of the IPBES assessment on multiple values of nature (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).


Books​ (in German)
Muraca, B. (2010): Denken in Grenzgebiet: prozessphilosophische Grundlagen einer Theorie starker Nachhaltigkeit. Freiburg/München: Karl Alber Verlag, 442 pages. Winner of Alber Award 2010.
Muraca, B. (2014): Gut Leben: Eine Gesellschaft jenseits des Wachstums. Berlin: Wagenbach, 94 pages. Currently in translation for SUNY Press.

Selected refereed Articles in English:
Jacobs, Sanders, et al.. “Use your power for good: plural valuation of nature – the Oaxaca statement.” Global Sustainability, 3, e8, 1–7. doi: 10.1017/sus.2020.2
Gould, Rachelle K, Māhealani Pai, Barbara Muraca, and Kai M.A. Chan. “He ʻike ʻana ia i ka pono (it is a recognizing of the right thing): how one indigenous worldview informs relational values and social values.” Sustainability Science vol. 14, no. 5, 2019, pp. 1213–1232. doi: 10.1007/s11625-019-00721-9.
Himes, A., Muraca, B. (2018): Relational values: the key to pluralistic valuation of ecosystem services. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 35, 1-7
Kallis, G. et al. (2018): Research on Degrowth. In: Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour 43:4.1–4.26.
Muraca B., Neuber, F. (2018): Viable and Convivial Technologies: Considerations on Climate Engineering from a Degrowth Perspective. In: Journal of Cleaner Production 197, 1810-1822.
Muraca, B. (2016): Relational Values: A Whiteheadian Alternative for Environmental Philosophy and Global Environmental Justice. In: Balkan Journal of Philosophy 8(1), 19-38.
Chan, Kai et al. (2016): Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment. In: PNAS 113 (6), 1462-1465.
Jax, Kurt et al. (2013): Ecosystem services and ethics. In: Ecological Economics 93, 260–268.
Muraca, B. (2013): Décroissance: A Project for a Radical Transformation of Society. In: Environmental Values 22 (2), 147-169.
Muraca, B. (2012): Towards a fair degrowth-society: Justice and the right to a ‘good life’ beyond growth. In: Futures 44 (6), 535–545.
Muraca, B. (2011): The Map of Moral Significance: a new matrix for environmental ethics. In: Environmental Values 20 (3), 375-396.

Selected refereed Book Chapters in English:
Muraca, Barbara. “Possibilities for Degrowth: a radical alternative to the neoliberal restructuring of growth-societies.” Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Eds. Julie Keller, Katharine Legun, Michael Carolan, and Michael M. Bell, forthcoming  (exp. Summer 2020). Cambridge: Cambridge UP.
Muraca, B., Döring, R. (2018): From (strong) sustainability to Degrowth: A philosophical and historical reconstruction. In: Caradonna, J.: Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability. London: Routledge, 339-361.
Muraca, B., Schmelzer, M. (2017): Sustainable degrowth: historical roots of the search for alternatives to growth in three regions. In: Borowy, I., Schmelzer, M.: History of the Future of Economic Growth - Historical roots of current debates on sustainable degrowth. London: Routledge, 174-196.
Muraca, B. (2016): Re-appropriating the Ecosystem Services concept for a decolonization of ‘nature’. In Bannon, B.: Nature and Experience. Rowman & Littlefield, 143-156.
Petridis, P., Muraca, B. Kallis, G. (2015): Degrowth: between a scientific concept and a slogan for a social movement. In: Martinez-Alier, J., Muradian, R.: Handbook of Ecological Economics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 176-200.
Muraca, B. (2014): Teleology and the life sciences: between limit concept and ontological necessity. In: Koutroufinis, S (ed.). Life and Process Towards a New Biophilosophy. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, pp. 37-71.

Selected refereed publications in German:
Muraca, Barbara. “Für eine Dekolonisierung des Anthropozän-Diskurses: Diagnosen, Protagonisten und Transformationsszenarien” (For a Decolonization of the Anthropocene discourse: diagnosis, protagonists, and scenarios for transformation). Gesellschaftstheorie im Anthropozän. Eds. Frank Adloff, Sieghard Neckel, forthcoming (exp. Summer 2020). Frankfurt/New York: Campus.
Muraca, Barbara. “Prozessphilosophie als Grundlage für die ökologische Ökonomik: Gemeinsamkeiten und Differenzen mit dem Critical Realism.” (Process Philosophy as foundation for Ecological Economics: commonalities and differences with Critical Realism) Critical Realism meets kritische Sozialtheorie: Erklärung und Kritik in den Sozialwissenschaften. Eds. Urs Lindner and Dimitri Mader, 2017. Bielefeld: Transcript (De Gruyter). 243-272.
Eversberg, Dennis and Barbara Muraca. “Degrowth-Bewegungen: Welche Rolle können sie in einer sozialökologischen Transformation spielen?” (Degrowth-Movements: which role can they play for a social-ecological transformation?) Special Issue “Große Transformation? Zur Zukunft moderner Gesellschaften” (Great Transformation: the future of modern societies), Berliner Journal für Soziologie, 2019, 487-503.
Muraca, Barbara. “Wider den Wachstumswahn: Degrowth als konkrete Utopie.” (Against the insanity of growth: degrowth as a concrete utopia). Blätter für Deutsche und Internationale Politik vol. 2, 2015, pp. 101-109. Republished in the volume: Blätter für deutsch und internationale Politik: ’Mehr geht nicht: Der Postwachstums-Reader’, Berlin: Edition Blätter, 199-208.



Fall 2020
PHIL 463/563: Alfred North Whitehead

Spring 2021
PHIL 312 History of Philosophy: 19th Century
PHIL 340 Environmental Philosophy

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