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Product Details

  • Series: Think Now
  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826497373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826497376
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Open this book and James Garvey is right there making real sense to you. A new philosopher doing logic in the world. In a necessary conversation, capturing you to the very end." - Ted Honderich, Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind & Logic, University College London, UK.


"Written in plain English, Garvey's excellent book makes accessible to the reader the ethical issues surrounding global warming, and the literature too. It should figure on all relevant reading lists." - Robin Attfield, Professor of Philosophy, Cardiff University, UK


"The Ethics of Climate Change is a model of philosophical reasoning about one of the greatest moral challenges any generation has ever faced. If you don't yet know why you should be morally outraged about the present situation, read this book. Calmly, carefully, with well-marshalled facts and sound argument, Garvey shows us just how badly the nations of the industrialized world - and the citizens of those nations - are behaving. He also tells us what we need to do about it." - Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University and Laureate Professor, University of Melbourne, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.


"Essential reading for anyone interested in the urgent moral questions raised by our climate crisis." - Mark Lynas, Author of Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet


"It's an excellent book to think with: Garvey has a delicious style, often very funny, and a trick of ushering the reader right inside his thought experiments." - Stephen Poole, The Guardian


"[With this book] you don't get the feeling of being hectored by a preachy green, but rather of being addressesd like the intelligent adult that you are...Witty without being frivolous, explanatory but never condescending, engaging and challenging in equal measure, this book should become a campus classic." — Jonathan Webber, The Philosophers' Magazine

"In this outstanding book, Garvey (Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK) takes a position on global warming that is fair-minded and supported by compelling reasons. In the first chapter he argues that global warming is occurring, that human activities have contributed significantly to this process, that it will have detrimental effects on people, and that the evidence for all this is largely beyond question within the scientific community. The remainder of the book makes a case for the claim that both individuals and nations, particularly economically privileged ones, have a moral obligation to ameliorate this situation. Garvey offers an excellent discussion of general moral issues such as responsibility, justice, and choice and their relation to global warming. He also presents a forceful rebuttal of the views that ethics is irrelevant and "merely" subjective. The concluding chapters propose concrete practices and policies that are morally required in response to global warming. Garvey's arguments are clear and unencumbered with jargon...this book will be extremely helpful to anyone who wants a lively introduction to this topic. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers." —M.A. Michael, CHOICE, November 2008

"Garvey's book explores the philosophical implications of, and for, this issue."
Mentioned in Times Higher Educational Supplement, 24 January 2008


'When I canvassed my carbon-management masters students on their favourite climate change books ... plaudits came in for ... James Garvey's Ethics of Climate Change ... [one of a few] recently published, well-written books that increase understanding and provoke debate' - Nature


'This book offers an excellent and "capturing" (Honderich) introduction to the ethics of climate change.' - Ethical Perspectives


"[With this book] you don't get the feeling of being hectored by a preachy green, but rather of being addressesd like the intelligent adult that you are...Witty without being frivolous, explanatory but never condescending, engaging and challenging in equal measure, this book should become a campus classic." – Jonathan Webber, The Philosophers' Magazine

“In this outstanding book, Garvey (Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK) takes a position on global warming that is fair-minded and supported by compelling reasons. In the first chapter he argues that global warming is occurring, that human activities have contributed significantly to this process, that it will have detrimental effects on people, and that the evidence for all this is largely beyond question within the scientific community. The remainder of the book makes a case for the claim that both individuals and nations, particularly economically privileged ones, have a moral obligation to ameliorate this situation. Garvey offers an excellent discussion of general moral issues such as responsibility, justice, and choice and their relation to global warming. He also presents a forceful rebuttal of the views that ethics is irrelevant and “merely” subjective. The concluding chapters propose concrete practices and policies that are morally required in response to global warming. Garvey’s arguments are clear and unencumbered with jargon…this book will be extremely helpful to anyone who wants a lively introduction to this topic. Summing Up: Highly Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers.” –M.A. Michael, CHOICE, November 2008

About the Author

James Garvey is Secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, UK. He is the author of The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books and The Ethics of Climate Change, also published by Continuum.


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James Garvey has a PhD in philosophy from University College London. He is the secretary of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the world's largest charity devoted to the promotion of free philosophical inquiry, and editor of The Philosophers' Magazine.

James is the author of The Great Philosophers and The Story of Philosophy (both with Jeremy Stangroom), The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books, and The Ethics of Climate Change. He edited The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind and is co-editor of the Think Now series of books on social and political philosophy. His books have been translated into nine languages. He writes papers for academic journals, as well as opinion pieces and reviews, mainly for the Guardian and the Times Higher Education.

http://jamesgarveyactually.wordpress.com/

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By GourMay on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
In today's avalanche of books and manuals on climate change who all want to be your best friend and show you `THE truth', this book stands out not only for its refreshing outlook but also for its crystal clear facts. The author has evidently done his homework, and not just on Aquinas or Aristotle but also on the tangible scientific data which is the only way for us to have an objective look at today's situation ; this is truly a multi-disciplinary effort.

Let me put it simply, this book is a very straight-forward, well-written and rather different (at least when it came out) approach to the issues of climate change. Rather than guilt-tripping us into saving the Earth (which has largely been the media's strategy) for economical, scientific or 'just-because-we-say-you-should' reasons, James Garvey presents a variety of interesting arguments mainly, but not exclusively-sourced in the field of moral philosophy through topics like choice, government, responsibility (to name a few). The question presented here isn't so much `is global warming our fault ?' but, `why should we care and where does the responsibility lie ?'

Having read some of the author's previous works, I would further emphasize how well-written this work is and add that of the many philosophy books I have read, his writing is never pompous and he doesn't resort to sensationalist claims (he doesn't need to anyway), making the topics he researches, deeply enjoyable explorations for the reader.

The book thankfully falls short of becoming another of those 'the idiot's guide to...'/pop-philosophy books which are sometimes far too simplistic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cumin on December 10, 2009
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Accessible in terms of the science of climate change and the ethics. A bit too wonkish for the public in terms of ethical reasoning -- seemed more like an ethics course lecture in places. I am an ethics teacher and if I were teaching a course this book would be considered as a text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Dillard-Wright on November 13, 2013
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I have used this book many times in my classes. I think that it conveys the science with just enough detail to present the problem but without making it so complicated that the eyes-glazed-over look begins. Garvey also summarizes some of the conventional ethical approaches to climate change and why they tend to fail with regard to a problem of this scope and scale. His examples work very well in the classroom and provoke discussion. I have tried some more dense texts in both philosophy and science, and none have worked as well as this one. Even specialists will find it to be a refreshing read because of its clarity.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 2, 2008
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Garvey's writing style is like having a conversation with a good friend. Humors at times, the book is written in clear language that is both accessible and absorbing. The first part of the book gives a salient overview of what climate change actually is. A few well-chosen scientific findings are presented that clearly show climate change is happening and furthermore is linked directly to the activities of post industrial revolution humankind. This allows Garvey to establish credibility for the arguments presented in the second half of the book. Once this link has been firmly established, the moral and ethical implications are compelling and engaging.
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