An interview/conversation with Eze Paez on the topic of "paradise engineering", that is, re-engineering the biosphere (and ultimately other worlds) so that sentient beings have the best possible lives.
Eze Paez is currently a Beatriu de Pinós Postdoctoral Fellow at the Law & Philosophy Group of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is also a board member of the UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics, a think tank dedicated to the promotion of the full consideration of nonhuman animals in all areas of public life.
He was previously an FCT Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society of the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal). Before that he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher and teacher in legal philosophy at Pompeu Fabra University’s Law Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Moral Philosophy at Pompeu Fabra University in 2014, where he also obtained his Bachelor’s (2007) and Master’s (2008) degrees in Law.
His current research focuses on our reasons to alleviate wild animal suffering and on developing a neorepublican approach to the political status of nonhuman animals.
Eze also advocates for the full ethical and political consideration of animals outside academia. For many years he was a spokesperson for Animal Ethics, a non-profit aligned with the values of effective altruism. He now frequently collaborates with grassroots activists in Catalonia. He strongly believes in the need to engage in politics in order to create a better world for all sentient beings, including nonhuman animals.
recorded primarily in February 2021
Art by: Paula Meninato
Music by: Joey Kukura