Aaron Wolf, chair of the Oregon State University geosciences department who is an international expert on conflicts about water, gave a talk on “Healing the Enlightenment Rift: New Directions for Transforming Environmental Conflicts” Feb. 3, on the OSU campus as part of the Ideas Matter lecture series, sponsored by the OSU Department of Philosophy, The Hundere Endowment in Religion and Culture, and several other campus organizations.
After setting the modern context for water conflict and cooperation, Wolf talked about what he calls the “Enlightenment Rift” – the process by which westernized nations separated out the worlds of rationality from spirituality – and the impact of this rift on ideas related to natural resources management. To hear his lecture, click here.
Wolf is is director of the Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. He specializes in the study of water conflicts and new approaches to conflict resolution. He has acted as consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and several governments on various aspects of international water resources and dispute resolution.
For more information on the lecture series, go to: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/philosophy