Introduction: Urban Ethics in the Anthropocene

  • Jeffrey K. H. Chan


Increasingly, people are living in an environment of their own making. For more than half of the global population, this environment is thoroughly urban in nature. How does the urban condition then impact the human condition? How does the making of the city, in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene, produce new ethical categories, moral relations, and consequences? To address these questions, urban ethics is needed. The chapter then proceeds to review the literature that underpins urban ethics through the following five vectors, namely: (i) the just city movement; (ii) the urban turn in ethics; (iii) the ethics of the built environment; (iv) environmental design and behavior; (v) the Anthropocene. Following this, a brief overview of each chapter of the book is provided.


City Anthropocene Urban ethics Environmental design Urbanization Built environment 


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  • Jeffrey K. H. Chan
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  1. 1.Singapore University of Technology and DesignSingaporeSingapore

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