Climate Change and Philosophy: Transformational Possibilities

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Ruth Irwin
A&C Black, Mar 21, 2010 - Philosophy - 243 pages
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Climate Change and Philosophy presents ten original essays by an international team of expert contributors, exploring the important contribution philosophical inquiry can make to contemporary debates to do with climate change and the global environment. Examining this hugely topical issue through the lens of environmental philosophy, political theory, philosophy of technology, philosophy of education and feminist theory, these essays interrogate some of the presumptions that inform modernity and our interaction with natural processes.
The book asks fundamental questions about human nature and, more importantly, the concept of nature' itself. The conceptual frameworks presented here contribute to an understanding of the processes of change, of social transformation, and the means of adapting to the constraints that problems such as climate change pose.
The book proposes a way of beginning the important task of rethinking the relationship between humanity and the natural environment. Through enquiry into the basic philosophical principles that inform modern society, each author asserts that reflection informs change and that change is both required and possible in the context of the environmental crisis facing us today.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Questioning Modernity
19
Transforming Global Politics
73
Global Environmental Justice
143
Liberal Responsibility
181
Notes
211
Bibliography
217
Index
241
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Ruth Irwin is Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

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