Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change Human Virtues of the Future

ISBN-10: 0262517655
ISBN-13: 9780262517652
Edition: 2012
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Predictions about global climate change have produced both stark scenarios of environmental catastrophe and purportedly pragmatic ideas about adaptation. This book takes a different perspective, exploring the idea that the challenge of adapting to global climate change is fundamentally an ethical one, that it is not simply a matter of adapting our infrastructures and economies to mitigate damage but rather of adapting ourselves to realities of a new global climate. The challenge is to restore our conception of humanity--to understand human flourishing in new ways--in an age in which humanity shapes the basic conditions of the global environment. In the face of what we have unintentionally done to Earth's ecology, who shall we become? The contributors examine ways that new realities will require us to revisit and adjust the practice of ecological restoration; the place of ecology in our conception of justice; the form and substance of traditional virtues and vices; and the organizations, scale, and underlying metaphors of important institutions. Topics discussed include historical fidelity in ecological restoration; the application of capability theory to ecology; the questionable ethics of geoengineering; and the cognitive transformation required if we are to "think like a planet."

Allen Thompson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University.

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of The Ecological Life: Discovering Citizenship and a Sense of Humanity.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Adapting Humanity
Adapting Restoration to Climate Change
Nature Restoration as a Paradigm for the Human Relationship with Nature
Environmental Virtues and the Aims of Restoration
Global Warming and Virtues of Ecological Restoration
History, Novelty, and Virtue in Ecological Restoration
Integrating Ecology into the Virtue of Justice
The Death of Restoration?
Animal Flourishing and Capabilities in an Era of Global Change
Environment as Meta-capability: Why a Dignified Human Life Requires a Stable Climate System
Justice, Ecological Integrity, and Climate Change
Adjusting Character to a Changing Environment
Ethics, Public Policy, and Global Warming
The Virtue of Responsibility for the Global Climate
Rethinking Greed
Are We the Scum of the Earth? Climate Change, Geoengineering, and Humanity's Challenge
Reorganizing Institutions to Enable Human Virtue
The Sixth Mass Extinction Is Caused by Us
Human Values and Institutional Responses to Climate Change
Alienation and the Commons
Thinking like a Planet
About the Contributors
Index

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