1st Edition

Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change Transforming Knowledge and Practice for Our Global Future

    280 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change is a major new book addressing one of the most challenging questions of our time. Its unique standpoint is based on the recognition that effective and coherent interdisciplinarity is necessary to deal with the issue of climate change, and the multitude of linked phenomena which both constitute and connect to it.

    In the opening chapter, Roy Bhaskar makes use of the extensive resources of critical realism to articulate a comprehensive framework for multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and cross-disciplinary understanding, one which duly takes account of ontological as well as epistemological considerations. Many of the subsequent chapters seek to show how this general approach can be used to make intellectual sense of the complex phenomena in and around the issue of climate change, including our response to it.

    Among the issues discussed, in a number of graphic and compelling studies, by a range of distinguished contributors, both activists and scholars, are:

    • The dangers of reducing all environmental, energy and climate gas issues to questions of carbon dioxide emissions
    • The problems of integrating natural and social scientific work and the perils of monodisciplinary tunnel vision
    • The consequences of the neglect of issues of consumption in climate policy
    • The desirability of a care-based ethics and of the integration of cultural considerations into climate policy
    • The problem of relating theoretical knowledge to practical action in contemporary democratic societies

    Interdisciplinarity and Climate Change is essential reading for all serious students of the fight against climate change, the interactions between governmental bodies, and critical realism.

    Introduction— Chapter 1 – Contexts of Interdisciplinarity  Chapter 2 –  Coda to ‘Contexts of Interdisciplinarity’: The Case of Climate Change—Critical Realist Interdisciplinarity: A Research Agenda to Support Action on Global Warming  Chapter 3 – Seven Theses on CO 2 –reductionism and Its Interdisciplinary Counteraction  Chapter 4 – The Dangerous Climate of Disciplinary Tunnel Vision  Chapter 5 – Consumption—A Missing Dimention in Climate Policy  Chapter 6 – Global Warming and Cultural/Media Articulations of Emerging and Contending Social Imaginaries: A Critical Realist Perspective  Chapter 7 – Climate change: Brokering Interdisciplinarity across the Physical and Social Sciences  Chapter 8 –– The Need for a Transdisciplinary Understanding of Development in a Hot and Crowded World  Chapter 9 – Knowledge, Democracy and Action in Response to Climate Change  Chapter 10 – Technological Idealism –The Case of the Thorium Fuel Cycle: A Critical Analysis  Chapter 11– Food Crisis and Global Warming: Critical Realism and the Need to Re-institutionalize Science  Chapter 12—  Towards a Dialectics of Knowledge and Care in the Global System  Chapter 13—Epilogue – A Conference Tourist and His Confessions: On the Travelling Circus of Climate Change


    Roy Bhaskar is the originator of the philosophy of critical realism and the author of many acclaimed and influential works, including A Realist Theory of Science, The Possibility of Naturalism, Scientific Realism and Human Emancipation, Reclaiming Reality, Philosophy and the Idea of Freedom, Dialectic: The Pulse of Freedom, Plato Etc, Reflection on Meta-reality and From Science to Emancipation. He is an editor of Critical Realism: Essential Readings and was the founding chair of the Centre for Critical Realism. Currently he is a World Scholar at the University Of London Institute of Education.


    "In the wake of yet another failure of international diplomacy to reach legally binding agreements limiting the emission of greenhouse gases, the appearance of this collection is both timely and welcome." Journal of Critical Realism