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Any thought that adaptation means somehow 'giving in' to climate change is banished by this book. The stellar cast assembled here takes us beyond mere coping strategies to a full-blown account of human flourishing. Here, the insights of ecology and the demands of justice are bound together by the increasingly influential idea of virtue, and the grounding of all this in institutional redesign makes this one of the most original climate change books of recent times.

(Andrew Dobson, Professor of Politics, Keele University, UK)

Drawing on work that ranges from the best resources of classical philosophy to the latest environmental science, this book argues that we need to rethink our sense of ourselves and our characters to take account of the institutional and global nature of the problems to be addressed. The result is not only an original and thought-provoking volume, but a hopeful and realistic blueprint for environmental action.

(Susan Neiman, Director, Einstein Forum)

Adapt or perish! This is the best of the anthologies arguing that humans ought to adapt to climate change, which they can no longer entirely prevent. At best they can only partially restore what has already been lost. There is sad truth: biodiversity that cannot adapt, or be adapted, is in jeopardy. But here is good news: a vision of human flourishing in a brave new world.

(Holmes Rolston, III, University Distinguished Professor and Professor of Philosophy, Colorado State University)

About the Author

Allen Thompson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University.

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer is Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of The Ecological Life: Discovering Citizenship and a Sense of Humanity.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262517655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262517652
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I work as the Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. I graduated from New Hartford High School in New Hartford, NY and attended the Lycée Corneille in Rouen, France; Yale College, and University of Chicago. In addition to teaching at a variety of liberal arts colleges, I helped develop the Department of International Studies at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. I am the author of The Ecological Life (2006) and Solar Calendar (forthcoming, 2016), and co-edited Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change (2012) with Allen Thompson. Finally, I worked on the research team for Daniel and Sandra Scheinfeld et al.'s We Are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings (2008).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Ruggiero on December 18, 2013
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This is an excellent book (the first part of which ^ as discussed above) is essential for graduate students like me who are trying to reform ecological restoration, to try to develop a strong philosophy for an adaptive, pragmatic practice, the first part builds on other critical readings for academics of restoration (if there is such a thing…I often think of restorationists as not very academic at all if you want my honest opinion..which is why books like this are seriously vital to a whole philosophical understanding of 'restoring nature', and even a reciprocation between philosophy / ecology/ application/ and culture going forward.

THANKS FOR AN EXCELLENT BOOK! I wish I could have contributed a chapter to something like this (as I work on my master's thesis on theory of restoration, the types of arguments and writing style was crucial…. it was a golden, current needle in a haystack of books, it's not the only book you'll ever have to read, but it adds to a long tradition of other books in environmental philosophy / restoration…. Authors like Ronald Sandler and Andrew Light are hitting right on the money of some big BIG stuff, big enough to be the beginnings of an actual paradigm shift in ecology (one that has been glooming somewhere on the side but not so well approached…..but they're getting closer to the way these issues need to be looked at).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Casey on June 3, 2014
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This book seems more concerned with semantics than the reality of climate change. The authors split hairs about "historicity" and "restoration" when the actual problem facing us is saving the planet for ourselves and future generations. Any and all attempts in many variations should be applauded, admired, accepted rather than questioning which method is most ethical and valuable. For me the book muddies the water surrounding climate change instead of offering viable solutions which we need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert S Bogner on June 27, 2012
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Make no mistake about it, "Ethical Adaotation to Climate Change" is a textbook anthology meant for an adavanced environmental studies class. It covers much more than climate change, the title should read "Environmental Change" to better illustrate its scope: but it only covers a portion of ethics, "virtue ethics," which does not give the anthology a wide ranging ethic view, as "virtue ethics is only one of three major ethical approaches (Kantian and Utilitarian ethics being the other two,

An with many anthologies, some of the readings are good, some not. I found the articles in the beginning of the text very repetitive..especially in part one. I would give this section two stars, since all its readings say about the same thing... read one and you've read them all. However, if you get through part one (in which you should read at least one article), the anthology improves both in quality and diversity of outlooks. In part two, chapters 5,9, 10,11, and 12 are very interesting and eye-opening, as is all of part four.

Overall, this is a time comsuming read, but rewarding if you can get through it.
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