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Ethical Adaptation to Climate ChangeHuman Virtues of the Future$
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Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017534.001.0001

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Thinking like a Planet

Thinking like a Planet

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(p.316) (p.317) 16 Thinking like a Planet
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Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change
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Paul D. Hirsch

Bryan G. Norton

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017534.003.0017

This chapter explores the kind of change that would have to occur in human perspective if we were to undergo a cognitive transformation and learn to “think like a planet.” It first presents an example of an individual transformation, establishing the importance of this cognitive shift, and then generalizes the process of individual cognitive transformation to groups and societies. The chapter concludes by explaining what the acceptance of an important role for cognitive transformations means for our understanding of virtue and virtuous behavior.

Keywords:   cognitive transformation, individual transformation, cognitive shift, virtue, virtuous behavior

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