publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Climate change: against despair

Catriona McKinnon;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2014
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
In the face of accelerating climate change and the parlous state of its politics, despair is tempting. This paper analyses two manifestations of despair about climate change related to (1) the inefficacy of personal emissions reductions, and (2) the inability to make a difference to climate change through personal emissions reductions. On the back of an analysis of despair as a loss of hope, the paper argues that the judgements grounding each form of despair are unsound. The paper concludes with consideration of the instrumental value of hope in effective agency to tackle climate change. Overall, the paper’s assessment of personal despair about climate change as...
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free text keywords: Philosophy, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Social psychology, Climate justice, Politics, Political science, Morality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Political economy of climate change, Public debate, Environmental ethics, Climate change
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