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Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change Risking it All

by Ruth Irwin

Part of the Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy Series

Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change Risking it All Synopsis

This book offers a comprehensive survey of Heidegger's ideas on technology and modernity.The scale of some environmental problems, such as climate change and human overpopulation, exceed any one nation state and require either co-ordinated governance or a shift in the culture of modernity. Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change examines this crisis alongside Heidegger's ideas about technology and modernity. Heidegger suggests that refocusing on the primary questions that make it meaningful to be human - the question of Being - could create the means for alternative discourses that both challenge and sidestep the attempt for total surveillance and total control. He advocates recognising the problematic relationship humanity has with the environment and reinventing new trajectories of understanding ourselves and our planet.This book aims to properly integrate environment into philosophy and political theory, offering a constructive critique of modernity with some helpful suggestions for establishing a readiness for blue sky scenarios for the future. The book lays out the practical implications of Heidegger's ideas and engages with philosophy of technology, considering the constraints and the potentials of technology on culture and environment.

Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change Risking it All Press Reviews

Ruth Irwin's Heidegger, Politics and Climate Change is a superbly written and theoretically coherent introduction to the most pressing issues that face our modernity... It is a book that should be widely read. Professor Michael A. Peters, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847063809
Publication date: 23rd October 2008
Author: Ruth Irwin
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -, Environmentalist thought & ideology,

About Ruth Irwin

Ruth Irwin is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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