Environmental Skill: Motivation, Knowledge, and the Possibility of a Non-Romantic Environmental Ethics

1st Edition

Mark Coeckelbergh

Routledge
Published August 14, 2018
Reference - 228 Pages
ISBN 9781138346758 - CAT# K394820
Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory

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Summary

Today it is widely recognized that we face urgent and serious environmental problems and we know much about them, yet we do very little. What explains this lack of motivation and change? Why is it so hard to change our lives? This book addresses this question by means of a philosophical inquiry into the conditions of possibility for environmental change. It discusses how we can become more motivated to do environmental good and what kind of knowledge we need for this, and explores the relations between motivation, knowledge, and modernity. After reviewing a broad range of possible philosophical and psychological responses to environmental apathy and inertia, the author argues for moving away from a modern focus on either detached reason and control (Stoicism and Enlightenment reason) or the natural, the sentiments, and the authentic (Romanticism), both of which make possible disengaging and alienating modes of relating to our environment.

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