Climate change is a key challenge in the contemporary world. This volume studies climate change through many lenses: politics, law, ethics, philosophy, religion, and contemporary art and culture. The essays explore alternatives for sustainable development and highlight oft-overlooked issues, such as climate change refugees and food justice. Designed as four parts, the volume: first, offers an astute diagnosis of the political and moral intricacies of climate change; second, deals specifically with topics in the political theory of climate change governance; third, focuses on the moral theory of climate change; and, finally, analyzes the specific ramifications of the climate change problem.
With contributions from experts across the world, this will be especially useful to scholars and students of climate change studies, development studies, environmental studies, politics, and ethics and philosophy. It will also interest policy-makers, social activists, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and those in media and journalism.
"This wide-ranging and engaging collection probes a number of the important political, ethical, and cultural dimensions of climate change, shining a helpful light on the maladies it finds and providing numerous provocative hints of the treatments required. [A]n important read at a critical time."
-Christopher Preston, Department of Philosophy, University of Montana
"This is a fine collection, which carefully delineates many of the major approaches to the ethics, politics and philosophy of global climate change. With fourteen substantive chapters, Di Paola and Pellegrino’s collection, Canned Heat, provides a useful overview for both the layperson and the scholar; viewing climate change from a multitude of perspectives, including that of the refugee, the democratic government, even the Buddhist philosopher."
-Philip Kirby, University of Exeter
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Acknowledgements. Introduction: The Ethics and Politics of Climate Change: Many Themes, a Common Global Challenge Marcello Di Paola and Gianfranco Pellegrino Part I: Basic Themes: Governance, Morality, and the Role of Theory 1. Climate Change, Global Governance and Democracy: Some Questions David Held 2. Climate Change, Responsibility and Justice Dale Jamieson 3. Theory and Intuitions in a Broken World Tim Mulgan Part II: Political Theory of Climate Change Governance 4. The Ethics of Climate Change Mitigation Ronald Sandler 5. Responsibility for Mitigation and Adaptation, and the Right to Sustainable Development Darrel Moellendorf 6. Climate Change and Developing Countries: From Leadership to Liability Joyeeta Gupta Part III: Topics in Moral Theory 7. Contractualism and Climate Change Jussi Suikkanen 8. Kamma, Virtues and the Individual: An Early Buddhist Perspective on Climate Change Pragati Sahni 9. Climate Change: Who Does What, Why and How Marcello Di Paola 10. Climate Change and the Intuition of Neutrality Francesco Orsi Part IV: Ramifications 11. Climate Change and Food Justice Lori Gruen and Clement Loo 12. Climate Refugees: A Case for Protection Gianfranco Pellegrino 13. Ethical Issues for Education and Climate Change Christopher Schlottman 14. The Beauty of Climate Change Serena Ciccarelli. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index.
Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, we have witnessed over the last 60 years – roughly since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a particularly turbulent process of dilating, indeed globalizing, the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).
Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?
The book series 'Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought' addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding texts interrogating the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. The volumes discuss key aspects of the contemporary chiasmus of the local and the global – social movements and global justice, folkways and human rights, poverty and sustainability, rural realities and the cosmopolitan hyperreal.