Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle for Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future by Dale JamiesonReason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle for Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future by Dale Jamieson

Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle for Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our…

byDale Jamieson

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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From the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change. Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life. In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do. Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or evento respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities. The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiarcomforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries. Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality -- it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moralproblems. Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world.
Dale Jamieson teaches Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Law at New York University, and was formerly affiliated with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction, and Morality's Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature.
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Title:Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle for Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our…Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190845880

ISBN - 13:9780190845889

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intellectually sound Several good chapters on polemics, rationale and politics of climate change covering the twentieth century and early millennium.
Date published: 2017-12-19

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"Part requiem for our failed hopes and part vision for our uncertain future, this remarkably far-ranging work by the philosopher who has thought longest and hardest about climate change could inspire fruitfully radical reassessment of our attitudes toward the most far-reaching challenge of ourlifetimes. The climate is changing -- can we?" --Henry Shue, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford