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Climate Change as a Challenge to Philosophy / Gideon Calder

Climate Change and the Humanities, Pages: 159 - 175

Swansea University Author: Gideon, Calder

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This chapter has three main parts. Part 1 looks at the very idea of 'doing' environmental philosophy, and distinguishes two contrasting ways in which this happens. In Part 2 I argue that commitments to (contestable) conceptions of 'nature' and 'culture', and the relatio...

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Published in: Climate Change and the Humanities
ISBN: 9781137551238
Published: London Palgrave Macmillan 2017
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa37058
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Abstract: This chapter has three main parts. Part 1 looks at the very idea of 'doing' environmental philosophy, and distinguishes two contrasting ways in which this happens. In Part 2 I argue that commitments to (contestable) conceptions of 'nature' and 'culture', and the relation between the two, are inevitable - and a core part of any viable philosophical treatment of climate change. I also show how some dominant trends in recent philosophy can be seen as hindering an adequate working-through of such commitments. Part 3 weighs up the implications of the discussion as a whole for philosophical treatments of climate change - both in terms of their specific value, and their limitations.
Keywords: climate change; philosophy; applied ethics; nature; culture; ontology
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Start Page: 159
End Page: 175