Panel 7: Philosophical Dilemmas
The Ontological Brakes of Primordial Time
Benjamin Ross, University of North Texas
We are constantly urged to go faster, to work, consume, and experience more. This author posits that this fascination with acceleration may be leading us to a “Snow Crash-esque cyberpunk dystopia” by 2050 unless we alter our perspective of time. This presentation stresses the need for a new, primordial view of time that is capable of reevaluating our role, and place in the world (more).
Human Behavioral Evolution and Climate Change: Evolved Dispositions, Climate Action, and Integration with the Humanities
John Mustol, Fuller Seminary
What can science tell us about what kind of creatures we are, why we behave as we do, and how we might change our behavior in regards to the planet? This presentation will suggest some answers to these questions based on human behavioral evolution, that might be integrated with the humanities and other sources to help show a way forward and make 2050 and beyond more livable – for us and for other creatures (more).
Weakening Nationalities: The Anthropocene as an Era of Personal Responsibility
Larissa Basso, University of California, San Diego
Current institutions seem incapable of dealing with the reality of climate change. This presentation imagines a world in which current fragmentation is intensified as a means to address this deficiency. The author proposes to acknowledge the heterogeneity that exists inside of a nation state and to consider it beyond its borders. By implementing different measures considering personal/group carbon footprint, climate change could be more successfully tackled and a more just climate future could be created (more).
Working with Dirty Hands: A Christian Realist Environmental Ethics
Dallas J. Gingles, Southern Methodist University
This talk draws on the 20th century ethicist, Reinhold Niebuhr’s, “Christian realism” to argue that we are right to feel regret, remorse, and even guilt when we realize that we are always already complicit in the problem of climate change. Through this lens, as we work to ensure that the Earth continues to be habitable in the coming decades, the presenter stresses we must be indefatigable in pursuing goods and solutions of all kinds while being realistic about our limitations (more).
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