Reframing Geoethics?

  • Martin BohleEmail author
  • Giuseppe Di Capua
  • Nic Bilham


Geoethics is an emerging and expanding field which is deepening its philosophical foundations and strengthening its interactions with other disciplines. Such expansion may be in tension with the need for geoethics to be a focused framework to support geoscientists in their work. There is also a risk of ‘geoethics’ being used as a catch-all term for reflection and research when considering human actions within the Earth system. The chapter reflects on how the scope of geoethics might be constrained. It suggests that geoethics might be framed as relating to the practices and values of any human agent as part of the Earth system, whereas the complementary notion of ‘geosophy’ could be used to refer to the broader considerations regarding human–Earth system interactions.


Geoethics Earth system Professional responsibilities Anthropogenic global change Geosophy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Bohle
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Giuseppe Di Capua
    • 3
    • 4
  • Nic Bilham
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Ronin Institute for Independent ScholarshipMontclairUSA
  2. 2.DG RTDEuropean CommissionBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly
  4. 4.International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)RomeItaly
  5. 5.University of Exeter Business SchoolPenrynUK
  6. 6.Camborne School of MinesUniversity of ExeterPenrynUK

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