May 2022

Climate Crisis and Future Generations: Adam Briggle


May 10, 2022

Labont Seminars 2021/22 – Climate Crisis and Future Generations

10 May 2022 h 4:00-6:00 pm

Adam Briggle (University of North Texas), “Thinking like a Gigaton: Against Environmental Philosophy”

Abstract: For decades, environmental philosophers have been arguing that we must fundamentally change our worldview if we are to save future generations from ecological collapse. The historian Lynne White, Jr. (1967) helped to cement this agenda when he wrote, “The issue is whether a democratized world can solve its own implications. Presumably we cannot unless we rethink our axioms.” It has since become axiomatic that we must rethink our axioms! Environmental philosophers have been rethinking anthropocentrism, techno-economic growth, modernity, colonialism, mechanism, patriarchy, etc. The basic idea is that we will not solve problems like the climate crisis with the same thinking that created them – that we need a radical/ontological shift – a new mode of being or truth. But what if this is wrong? What if that’s not practical or even wise? This is the basic argument of the ecomodernists. In this talk, I’d like to explore their ideas.

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