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Climate Change Ethics and the Non-Human World

1st Edition

Edited by Brian Henning, Zack Walsh


264 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book examines from different perspectives the moral significance of non-human members of the biotic community and their omission from climate ethics literature.

The complexity of life in an age of rapid climate change demands the development of moral frameworks that recognize and respect the dignity and agency of both human and non-human organisms. Despite decades of careful work in non-anthropocentric approaches to environmental ethics, recent anthologies on climate ethics have largely omitted non-anthropocentric approaches. This multidisciplinary volume of international scholars tackles this lacuna by presenting novel work on non-anthropocentric approaches to climate ethics. Written in an accessible style, the text incorporates sentiocentric, biocentric, and ecocentric perspectives on climate change.

With diverse perspectives from both leading and emerging scholars of environmental ethics, geography, religious studies, conservation ecology, and environmental studies, this book will offer a valuable reading for students and scholars of these fields.

Table of Contents


Eileen Crist


Brian Henning and Zack Walsh

  1. Climate Change and the Loss of Nonhuman Welfare

    John Nolt (Philosophy)

  2. Anthropocentrism and the Anthropocene: Restoration and Geoengineering as Negative Paradigms of Epistemological Domination

    Eric Katz (Philosophy)

  3. Climate Ethics Bridging Animal Ethics to Overcome Climate Inaction: An Approach from Strategic Visual Communication

    Laura Fernández Aguilera (Communication Studies)

  4. Suffering, Sentientism and Sustainability: An Analysis of a Non-Anthropocentric Moral Framework for Climate Ethics

    Rebekah Humphreys (Philosophy)

  5. Biocentrism, Climate Change, and the Spatial and Temporal Scope of Ethics

    Robin Attfield (Philosophy)

  6. Evaluating Climate Change with the Language of the Forms of Life

    Claudio Campagna (Conservation Ecology) and Daniel Guevara (Philosophy)

  7. Thinking Through the Anthropocene: Educating for a Planetary Community

    Whitney Bauman (Religious Studies)

  8. Conflicting Advice: Resolving Conflicting Moral Recommendations in Climate and Environmental Ethics

    Patrik Baard (Philosophy)

  9. An Eco-centric Proposal for Setting a Price on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Karen Green (Philosophy)

  10. Being Human: An Ecocentric Approach to Climate Ethics

    Amanda Nichols (Religious Studies)

  11. Atmospheres of Object-Oriented Ontology

    Sam Mickey (Environmental Studies)

  12. Monsters, Metamorphoses, and The Horror of Ethics in the ‘Pelagioscene’

    Jeremy Gordon (Communication Studies)

  13. Gut Check: Imagining a Posthuman ‘Climate’

    Connie Johnston (Geography)

  14. Wonderland Earth in the Anthropocene Epoch

    Holmes Rolston III (Philosophy)


About the Editors

Brian G. Henning is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Gonzaga University. He is founding Co-Chair of the climate action group 350 Spokane. His research includes more than thirty articles and seven books, including Riders in the Storm: Ethics in an Age of Climate Change and the award-winning book The Ethics of Creativity.

Zack Walsh is a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. He co-leads the A Mindset for the Anthropocene (AMA) project which is a transdisciplinary research project and emerging network of change agents integrating personal and socio-ecological transformations to sustainability.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography