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Climate Change and Future Aesthetics

  • Emily BradyEmail author
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Abstract

Philosophical discussions of climate change have mainly conceived of it as a moral or ethical problem, but climate change also raises new challenges for aesthetics. In this chapter I show that, in particular, climate change: (1) raises difficult questions about the status of aesthetic judgements about the future, or ‘future aesthetics’; and (2) puts into relief some challenging issues at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics. I maintain that we can rely on aesthetic predictions to enable us to grasp, in some sense, aesthetic value in environments affected by climate change and, through a discussion of three hypothetical cases, I argue that although moral considerations will press on aesthetic judgements, aesthetic value will not necessarily be trumped by them.

Keywords

Aesthetic Value Climate Change Environmental Aesthetics Ethics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghScotland

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