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Sustainability in the Anthropocene By Roisin Lally

Sustainability in the Anthropocene by Roisin Lally

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This collection of essays, written by an international group of scholars, provides a more critical and creative contemporary practice of "sustainability." The book sets this practice free from its reductive interpretations and applies a more thoughtful environmental ethics to the current and emerging technologies that dominate our lives.

Sustainability in the Anthropocene Summary

Sustainability in the Anthropocene: Philosophical Essays on Renewable Technologies by Roisin Lally

We are facing an environmental crisis that some say is ushering a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, one that threatens not only a great deal of life on the planet but also our understanding of who we are and our relation to the natural world. In the face of this crisis it has become clear that we need a more sustainable culture. In fact the language of sustainability has become pervasive in our culture and has deeply ingrained itself in our understanding of what living a good life would entail. "Sustainability," however, is a contested word, and it carries with it, often implicitly and unacknowledged, deep philosophical claims that are entangled with all kinds of assumptions and power relations, some of them very problematic. This book attempts to set this urgent goal of sustainability free from its more reductive and harmful interpretations and to thereby apply a more thoughtful environmental ethics to current and emerging technologies, particularly those involving reproduction and the harnessing of energy that dominate our elemental relations to sun and air, wind and water, earth and forest. The book is divided into 4 sections: (1) Sustainability: A Contested Term, (2) Sustainability and Renewable Technologies: Sun, Air, Wind, Water, (3) Sustainability and Design, and (4) Sustainability and Ethics. The first section sets the context for our studies and opens a space for thinking sustainability in a more thoughtful way than is often the case in contemporary discussions. The next two sections are the heart of our contribution to postphenomenology and technoscience, and the essays, here, turn to concrete examinations of particular technologies and questions of technological design in the light of our environmental crisis. The forth section closes the book by drawing some more general implications for ethics from the intersection of the foregoing themes.

About Roisin Lally

R isin Lally is lecturer of philosophy at Gonzaga University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sustainable Technologies in the Anthropocene Dan Bradley Part One: Defining Sustainability 1. Sustainability: a Single Word and a World of Meanings Christine Pontes Bonfiglioli 2. Is This the End? Jan Kyrre Berg Friis Part Two: Sustainability and Renewable Technologies: Sun, Air, Wind, Water 3. Is it Too Late to "Let the Sun Shine in"? Don Ihde 4. Talking Weather from Ge-rede to Ge-stell Babette Babich 5. Water and Oil: Global Struggles in Sustainability Trish Glazebrook 6. The Ontogenesis of Wind Turbines and the Question of Sustainability Roisin Lally Part Three: Sustainability and Design 7. We're in this Together: Climate Change and Reproductive Technology in the Age of Ge-stell Dana S. Belu 8. An Alternative to Technological Instrumentalism: Considering the Aesthetic Dimension of Sustainable Energy Brendan Mahoney 9. Digital Cultural Sustainability Galit Wellner Part Four: Sustainability and Ethics 10. Sustainable Futures: Ethico-Political Dimensions of Technology Lars Botin 11. Beyond Naturalism: A Personalist Integral Humanism Thomas Jeannot 12. The Ethics of Sustainability, Instrumental Reason, and the Goodness of Nature Daniel Bradley

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GOR011143038
Sustainability in the Anthropocene: Philosophical Essays on Renewable Technologies by Roisin Lally
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Hardback
Lexington Books
2019-04-29
250
1498584225
9781498584227
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