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Climate Change and Individual Responsibility

Agency, Moral Disengagement and the Motivational Gap

Authors: Peeters, W., Smet, A.D., Diependaele, L., Sterckx, S., McNeal, R.H., De Smet, A.

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This book discusses the agency and responsibility of individuals in climate change, and argues that these are underemphasized, enabling individuals to maintain their consumptive lifestyles without having to accept moral responsibility for their luxury emissions.

About the authors

Wouter Peeters is a researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. His research focuses on the challenges to our conceptions of freedoms and responsibilities that are posed by climate change and environmental sustainability.

Andries De Smet is Junior Research Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders at Ghent University. His research interests include cosmopolitanism and questions of responsibility regarding climate change and global justice.

Lisa Diependaele is a researcher at Ghent University, Belgium. She studies global ethics in international economic governance.

Sigrid Sterckx is Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy at Ghent University, Belgium. Her current research focuses on: climate ethics and governance; medical decisions at the end of life; human tissue research; organ transplantation; neuroethics; and patent law. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 books, book chapters and journal articles on these topics and serves on various advisory boards and commissions, including the Belgian Advisory Committee on Bioethics.

Reviews

'The mysteries of motivation that have bamboozled many students of climate change are confronted head-on in this ground-breaking and valuable exploration of the psychological mechanisms of moral disengagement that underlie our mystifying inaction in the face of the growing dangers. The authors thoroughly demonstrate how deeply misleading our conventional phenomenology of moral agency is as ordinarily applied to climate change and suggest positive strategies for tackling moral disengagement while time remains.' - Henry Shue, University of Oxford, UK

'Is anyone responsible for climate change? Slippery politicians and clever philosophers often argue that no one is. This book takes on the arguments and finds them wanting. A timely, engaging and insightful contribution to a vital debate.' - Stephen M. Gardiner, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

'Climate change jeopardizes people's enjoyment of fundamental human rights. It is imperative, then, to be able to identify who is responsible for avoiding dangerous climatic changes and to understand why people are not motivated to take action. This valuable and welcome book provides an illuminating defence of the role of individual responsibility, and a powerful and sustained response to those who think that such an account cannot cope with problems like climate change.' - Simon Caney, University of Oxford, UK

"Climate ethicists typically assert individual responsibility for climate-related harm without acknowledging the pervasive moral disengagement by which many deny personal complicity in predicted impacts, exaggerate uncertainties, or otherwise minimize its moral significance. This important book develops an innovative phenomenology of agency through which such responsibility becomes philosophically plausible, providing a more robust defense of and motivation for its imperatives." - Steve Vanderheiden, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Peeters, Wouter (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Climate Change, Human Rights and Moral Responsibility

    Peeters, Wouter (et al.)

    Pages 6-46

  • The Phenomenology of Agency in Climate Change

    Peeters, Wouter (et al.)

    Pages 47-93

  • Understanding the Motivational Gap

    Peeters, Wouter (et al.)

    Pages 94-106

  • Addressing the Motivational Gap and Tackling Moral Disengagement

    Peeters, Wouter (et al.)

    Pages 107-117

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Hardcover $70.00
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Softcover $67.50
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Change and Individual Responsibility
Book Subtitle
Agency, Moral Disengagement and the Motivational Gap
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46450-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137464507
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46449-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49929-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 150
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