Article ID: CBB001552872

Confucian Environmental Ethics, Climate Engineering, and the “Playing God” (2015)


Wong, Pak-Hang (Author)

Volume: 50, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 28-41

The burgeoning literature on the ethical issues raised by climate engineering has explored various normative questions associated with the research and deployment of climate engineering, and has examined a number of responses to them. While researchers have noted the ethical issues from climate engineering are global in nature, much of the discussion proceeds predominately with ethical framework in the Anglo-American and European traditions, which presume particular normative standpoints and understandings of human--nature relationship. The current discussion on the ethical issues, therefore, is far from being a genuine global dialogue. The aim of this article is to address the lack of intercultural exchange by exploring the ethics of climate engineering from a perspective of Confucian environmental ethics. Drawing from the existing discussion on Confucian environmental ethics and Confucian ethics of technology, I discuss what Confucian ethics can contribute to the ethical debate on climate engineering.

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Authors & Contributors
Heiner Roetz
Ashley Dawson
Mayer, F. Stephan
Yuriko Furuhata
Jude Galbraith
Anna Wienhues
Ethics, Place and Environment
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Science as Culture
OR Books
University of California Press
Oxford University Press
Duke University Press
Cambridge University Press
Environmental ethics
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Climate change
Geoengineering; climate engineering
Leopold, Aldo
Carson, Rachel Louise
Arendt, Hannah
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
Zhou dynasty (China, 1122-221 B.C.)
20th century
United States
Human Genome Project

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