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Stefan Skrimshire
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12 Aug 2010
Future Ethics: Climate Change and Political Action 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.


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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (12 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441139583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441139580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'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

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Stefan Skrimshire is a postdoctoral research associate in philosophy of religion at The University of Manchester, UK.

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First I must declare an interest. I am the author of the foreword of this book. I would not normally review on Amazon a book to which I am a prominent contributor for reason of conflict of interest. However, I am doing so on this occasion because I think it is a pity that a young researcher's edited scholarly collection has had its ratings torpedoed by a 1 star review by a reviewer who clearly has it in for climate change.

Stefan has pulled together some important contributions on the wider "Mythos" within which the apocalyptic discourse of climate change takes place. Many of the papers in the collection will be of interest to policy makers, sociologists and theologians who study climate change. The only down side to such a book is for the general, non-academic reader, for whom some of the scholarly shorthand and positioning can be a barrier to understanding - a problem that is, of course, shared by most academic collections and certainly, nearly all that I have been previously involved with.

As Arctic sea ice this past few days hits its lowest level ever documented in the instrumental record, and as extreme weather events the world over break literally thousands of records, a lot of vulnerable people in the world might be forgiven for thinking that they feel the breath of apocalypse beating down their necks. Future Ethics is not a book about the science of climate change as such. Rather, it examines the apocalyptic perception of events such as shapes people's responses and the political environment in which action, or inaction, takes place. This is what makes it an important contribution to the debate, and why it deserves to be read and reviewed in such terms.
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It has taken a while for scholarship from the arts and social sciences to start getting into issues and debates around climate change in a serious way, and it is very exciting now that the conversation is happening. This is an impressive collection of authors and perspectives that takes the discussion on climate change into a new and useful area.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse on hold 14 May 2012
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Academics have some responsibility to write clearly about problems of today, but the academics who have contributed to this book seem to have lost that ability. They have written chapters which claim to address the most pressing problem of the age: climate change. Far from being a pressing problem, it is the least of our current concerns, as we face an ongoing banking crisis and an additional crisis in the eurozone, as the Euro finally melts down, and the economies of europe are further depressed. The euro crisis has been exacerbated by the kind of writing exhibited by this book, which has led europe to adopt renewable energy as a way to solve global warming. In the first place, the world in the last decade has been cooling, so the dire predictions of the IPCC have not occurred (what countries have disappeared beneath the sea?), and it is highly unlikely that they will ever occur. There is no "consensus" among climatologists about AGW, and a growing number of distinguished scientists are and have been challenging the conclusions of the IPCC (at least 400 by a recent count). When it comes to ethics, the proponents of the discredited theory of AGW have been unscrupulous in massaging data to show what they have already decided, and refused access to independents to even see that data (as exposed by the Climategate emails). They have gone yet further in spinning a tissue of untruths about the alleged problem, highlighted by Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (the exaggerations of the film were exposed in the High Court a few years ago). The authors of this book seem to be quite unaware of such problems, which erode the very basis of the arguments they propound. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming Concerns 10 April 2013
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This book explores levels of meaning as it relates to the ongoing crisis of environment pollution and contamination by human beings. The main question probed is why are not more people galvanized into action when the evidence is there that paints a dismal picture? It all relates to how we think of the future. This book gets to the heart of matters like apocalyptic thinking, defining the term global warming, symbolic over substantive positions, and defining how images of nature as pristine and separate from culture needs to be protected. The high quality number of essays are divided into religious, ethical, and historical concerns. A main argument is that climate change reveals who we are as a culture and where we are going to. For example, the notion that we consume too much here in America and how this constant impulse is contributing to global warming is investigated. The roots of the global warming dilemma are portrayed as signifying the mechanism that runs our society. How do we need to conceptualize this problem? Where can we go from here? Where is here? What vision must we possess to see even fifty years ahead? Is there a death wish associated with the threats that environmental degradation poses to all of us? Be prepared for a thorough and valuable investigation into the origins, condition, and threat of the current global warming discourse.
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