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

Hardcover | March 5, 2014

byDale Jamieson

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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 historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or even to respondsignificantly 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 familiar comforts,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. But we must learn to do so if we are to continue to live meaningful lives. 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.

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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 i...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 5, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Nature of the Problem2.1 The Development of Climate Science2.2 Climate Change as a Public Issue2.3 The Age of Climate Diplomacy2.4 Concluding Remarks3. Obstacles to Action3.1 Scientific Ignorance3.2 Politicizing Science3.3 Facts and Values3.4 The Science/Policy Interface3.5 Organized Denial3.6 Partisanship3.7 Political Institutions3.8 The Hardest Problem3.9 Concluding Remarks4. The Limits of Economics4.1 Economics and Climate Change4.2 The Stern Review and Its Critics4.3 Discounting4.4 Further Problems4.5 State of the Discussion4.6 Concluding Remarks5. The Frontiers of Ethics5.1 The Domain of Concern5.2 Responsibility and Harm5.3 Fault Liability5.4 Human Rights and Domination5.5 Differences That Matter5.6 Revising Morality5.7 Concluding Remarks6. Living With Climate Change6.1 Life in the Anthropocene6.2 It Doesn't Matter What I Do6.3 It's Not the Meat It's the Motion6.4 Ethics for the Anthropocene6.5 Respect For Nature6.6 Global Justice6.7 Concluding Remarks7. Politics, Policy, and the Road Ahead7.1 The Rectification of Names7.2 Adaptation: The Neglected Option?7.3 Why Abatement and Mitigation Still Matter7.4 The Category Formerly Known as Geoengineering7.5 The Way Forward7.6 Concluding RemarksIndex