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Future Ethics : Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination - Stefan Skrimshire

Future Ethics

Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination

Paperback Published: 12th August 2010
ISBN: 9781441139580
Number Of Pages: 290

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'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

'An insightful and fascinating collection. Offers new and penetrating perspectives on the ethical issues surrounding climate change and political action.'-Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees

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, 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.

Stefan Skrimshire is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Politics of Fear, Practices of Hope (Continuum 2008)

"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

"Intellectual titillation" --Morning Star

"The climate revolution is being televised- not only in fantasy-disaster flicks like The Day After Tomorrow but on the morning weather report. The future is here, and it needs an ethics." --Harpers

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Contributorsp. xiii
Introduction: How Should We Think about the Future?p. 1
History
A Short History of Environmental Apocalypsep. 13
Four Meanings of Climate Changep. 37
The Apocalyptic as Contemporary Dialectic: From Thanatos (Violence) to Eros (Transformation)p. 59
Ethics
Saved By Disaster? Abrupt Climate Change, Political Inertia and the Possibility of an Intergenerational Arms Racep. 83
Living in Uncertainty: Anthropogenic Global Warming and the Limits of 'Risk Thinking'p. 107
Action/Inaction
Bringing Hope 'To Crisis': Crisis Thinking, Ethical Action and Social Changep. 129
Empathy And Climate Change: Proposals for a Revolution of Human Relationshipsp. 153
Are We Armed Only with Peer-Reviewed Science? The Scientization of Politics in the Radical Environmental Movementp. 173
The Ultimate Paradigm Shift: Environmentalism as Antithesis to the Modern Paradigm of Progressp. 197
Religion
Eternal Return of Apocalypsep. 219
Beyond Humanity's End: An Exploration of a Dramatic versus Narrative Rhetoric and its Ethical Implicationsp. 242
Are We There Yet? Coming to the End of the Line - a Postnatural Enquiryp. 260
Indexp. 281
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ISBN: 9781441139580
ISBN-10: 1441139583
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 12th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1

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