Wednesday, December 10th from 6:00 – 7:30pm
Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed — and What It Means for Our Future
A talk by Dale Jamieson
In this talk, philosopher Dale Jamieson will explain what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do. Centered in philosophy, this talk will also treat the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change. Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities. The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries.
Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter. The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality — it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems. Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world.
Dr. Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies; Director of Animal Studies Initiative; Professor of Philosophy, and Affiliated Professor Law at New York University. He is the author of numerous books including: Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2008), and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature (Oxford, 2002).
Copies of Reason in a Dark Time will be available for purchase from the NYU Bookstore at the Salon with a 20% discounted price