Claim: You need philosophy to see climate change

Watts Up With That?

The Thinker by Rodin, original photo by Andrew Horne, modified, public domain source Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Thinker,_Rodin.jpg The Thinker by Rodin, original photo by Andrew Horne, modified, public domain source Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Thinker,_Rodin.jpg

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Conversation has published a gem of an article, aimed at people suffering climate “guilt”, to help them philosophically come to terms with the fact that they are experiencing emotional distress, about events which haven’t happened

According to The Conversation;

Do you suffer from climate guilt? A dose of philosophy can help

People cannot engage in something they cannot see or feel. We need concrete reasons to care and act. In this way, climate change presents a threefold intangible challenge:

1. we can perceive the weather, but the climate system is something rather abstract, a statistical construct

2. we now know climate change is anthropogenic, or man-made, but how can we understand this? One way is to say: mankind is the reason, but this becomes also very abstract. Who actually…

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