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The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change

Byron Williston


The Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC is now out and it contains a detailed analysis of the threats climate change poses to human security. IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri put the matter succinctly in stating recently that the new report shows how our persistent inaction on climate change presents a grave threat to ‘the very social stability of human systems’. Williston’s book is an attempt to make philosophical sense of this. We are now in ‘the human age’—the Anthropocene—but he argues that this is no mere geological marker. It is instead best viewed as the latest permutation of an already ... More

Keywords: climate change, Anthropocene, virtue ethics, motivated irrationality, Enlightenment, justice, truthfulness, hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746713
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Byron Williston, author
Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

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