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Reason in a Dark TimeWhy the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed -- and What It Means for Our Future$
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Dale Jamieson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337668.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Reason in a Dark Time

Dale Jamieson

Oxford University Press

The goal of this book is to provoke thought. Environmental issues have become wrapped up in political slogans and partisan bickering. We need to see through the fog and grasp the problems that we face. Climate change is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear. We are bringing about a climate change that we do not want but do not know how to stop. Our corporations, governments, technologies, institutions, and economic systems seem to have lives of their own. This book is about how it came to this. Why has the Enlightenment dream failed in the ways that it has? Could the failures have been avoided? What can we learn from them? What do they portend about the future? In what ways do our actions continue to have significance and meaning?

Keywords:   Environment, climate change, Enlightenment, institutions

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