Investment without return: on futures that will never be ours

Davies, Paul (2017) Investment without return: on futures that will never be ours. In: Damodaran, Vinita, Cullis, James William Storrs and Elliott, Alexander (eds.) Climate change and the humanities: historical, philosophical and interdisciplinary approaches to the contemporary environmental crisis. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 221-245. ISBN 9781137551238

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Abstract

This chapter reflects on what it means to have obligations to futures that necessarily will never be ours. It focuses on the non-empirical or transcendental operation of an ‘it is not too late’. It notes how the Kantian account of obligation seems unable to handle the significant urgency of climate change. It considers how Heidegger’s way of thinking about the catastrophic implications of technology succeeds in acknowledging such a significance. However, Heidegger seems to have to leave neither room nor time for a recognisable obligation. It argues that if there is a meaningfully distinct duty to a distant future then that future and its sense must be construed as ethical from the outset. It tries to meet the nihilist-realist’s challenge to this idea.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Climate change; Humanities
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics > QC0851 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere
Q Science > QC Physics > QC0851 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere > QC0980 Climatology and weather
Depositing User: Fiona Allan
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 12:39
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 12:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77033
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