P.P. Thapa (Philipp)

Promovendus - Institute for Science in Society

My research centres around the theme of making the world a better place. As a landscape ecologist, I have studied forests in Nepal and China to provide knowledge for their conservation and regeneration. As an environmental philosopher, I am interested in how imagination contributes to our moral life, how utopian thinking has informed environmentalism, and how we can combine analysis, argument, and imagination methodically to support conversations about the world we want to live in.

In my PhD project 'One Species Among Many: Biodiversity and the Moral Imagination', I develop these ideas with reference to the work of sociobiologist and champion of biodiversity conservation Edward O. Wilson, the pragmatist philosophy of John Dewey, and current utopian theory including Ruth Levitas' conception of utopia as method.