Dominique Bourg

French academic and politician

Dominique Bourg (born 11 August 1953) is a French philosopher, professor at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and specialist of ecological thinking.

Dominique Bourg, in 2019.


  • For modern philosophers, the government’s function is rather to contribute to the maximisation of individual interests and facilitate trade between nations. [...] Today, however, in a world of finite resources, where human activity threatens the ecological equilibrium, this conception is obsolete…
  • [...] the nation’s present and future well-being is now threatened by human control over the biosphere including its underlying mechanisms. As a result, a new challenge begets the state’s responsibility: anticipating and preventing future and irreversible degradations, even if it implies severe constraints to the present.
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