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This title examines the ethical and philosophical questions confronting activists, policy makers and educators in the battle against climate change. Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination presents a comprehensive examination of the philosophical questions facing activists, policy makers and educators fighting the causes of climate change.
These questions reflect a genuine crisis in ethical reflection for individuals and groups in today's society and are also underpinned by a broader question of how the future forms the basis for action in the present. For instance, does the reporting of impending 'points of no return' in global warming renew a spirit of resistance or a spirit of fatalism? How is the future of the human species really imagined in society and how does this affect our sense of ethical responsibility? In this fascinating book, thirteen leading experts explore the philosophical and ethical issues underlying social responses to climate change and in particular how these responses draw upon ideas about the future. Ideal for students of environmental ethics in multiple disciplines, the book provides sources and discussion for anyone interested in issues to do with environment, society and ethics.
"How should we think the future? This is the vital climate change question posed by this compelling collection of essays. Confronting the idea of apocalypse head on, contributors ask what imaginings are required to lever the changes we need. Does the idea of catastrophe free us to think anew, or freeze us into inaction? In the wake of Copenhagen, fresh thinking is needed – the kind of thinking you'll find in this book."
- Andy Dobson, Keele University, UK
Foreword Alastair Macintosh
Introduction: How should we think about the future? Stefan Skrimshire
Part I: History
1. Environmental Apocalypse: History and Prospects Frederick Buell
2. Four Meanings of Climate Change Mike Hulme
3. The Apocalyptic as Contemporary Dialectic: From thanatos (violence) to eros (transformation) Mark Levene;
Part II: Ethics
4. Saved By Disaster? Abrupt Climate Change, Political Inertia and the Possibility of an Intergenerational Arms Race Stephen Gardiner
5. Living with Uncertainty: the Limits of 'Risk Thinking', Chris Groves;
Part III: Action/Inaction
6. Bringing Hope to Crisis: Crisis Thinking, Ethical Action and Social Change Sarah Amsler
7. Empathy and Climate Change: Proposals for a Revolution of Human Relationships Roman Krznaric
8. Are We Armed Only with Peer Reviewed Science? The Scientization of Politics in the Radical Environmental Movement Andrew Bowman
9. The Ultimate Paradigm Shift: Environmentalism as Antithesis to the Modern Paradigm of Progress Richard McNeill Douglas; Part IV: Religion
10. Eternal Return of Apocalypse Stefan Skrimshire
11. Beyond Humanity's End: An Exploration of a Dramatic versus Narrative Rhetoric and its Ethical Implications Celia Deane-Drummond
12. Are We There Yet? Coming to the End of the Line - A Postnatural Enquiry Peter Scott
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Stefan Skrimshire is a postdoctoral research associate in philosophy of religion at The University of Manchester, UK.