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Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future

Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer


Predictions about global climate change have produced both stark scenarios of environmental catastrophe and purportedly pragmatic ideas about adaptation. This book takes a different perspective, exploring the idea that the challenge of adapting to global climate change is fundamentally an ethical one, that it is not simply a matter of adapting our infrastructures and economies to mitigate damage but rather of adapting ourselves to realities of a new global climate. The challenge is to restore our conception of humanity—to understand human flourishing in new ways—in an age in which humanity sha ... More

Keywords: global climate change, environmental catastrophe, humanity, global environment, ecology, ecological restoration, justice, historical fidelity, capability theory, geoengineering

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017534
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Thompson, editor

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, editor

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