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Climate change and individual responsibility : agency, moral disengagement and the motivational gap

Author: Wouter Peeters; Andries De Smet; Lisa Diependaele; Sigrid Sterckx
Publisher: [Basingstoke] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Series: Palgrave pivot.
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If climate change represents a severe threat to humankind, why then is response to it characterized by inaction at all levels? The authors argue there are two complementary explanations for the lack of motivation. First, our moral judgment system appears to be unable to identify climate change as an important moral problem and there are pervasive doubts about the agency of individuals. This explanation, however, is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Pieters, W. (Wouter), 1957-
Climate change and individual responsibility.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
(OCoLC)898924944
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wouter Peeters; Andries De Smet; Lisa Diependaele; Sigrid Sterckx
ISBN: 9781137464507 113746450X
OCLC Number: 900404620
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 150 pages)
Contents: Climate change, human rights, and moral responsibility --
The phenomenology of agency in climate change --
Understanding the motivational gap --
Addressing the motivational gap and tackling moral disengagement. 1. Introduction --
1.1. Is Someone Responsible? --
1.2. Overview --
2. Climate Change, Human Rights and Moral Responsibility --
2.1. Human Rights Threatened by Climate Change --
2.2. Assigning Remedial Responsibility for Tackling Climate Change --
2.3. Individual Responsibility and Moral Agency --
3. The Phenomenology of Agency in Climate Change --
3.1. First Feature: the Primacy of Acts Over Omissions --
3.2. Second Feature: the Primacy of Near Effects Over Remote Effects --
3.3. Third Feature: the Primacy of Individual Effects Over Group Effects --
4. Understanding the Motivational Gap --
4.1. The Origins of Common-sense Morality and the Theoretical Storm --
4.2. Competing Motives Influenced by the Dominant Social Paradigm --
4.3. The Role of the Restrictive Conception of Individual Responsibility and Moral Disengagement --
5. Addressing the Motivational Gap and Tackling Moral Disengagement --
5.1. Increasing Moral Motivation --
5.2. Addressing the Underlying Reasons for Moral Disengagement --
5.3. Tackling the Propensity for Moral Disengagement --
6. Conclusion.
Series Title: Palgrave pivot.
Responsibility: Wouter Peeters, Andries de Smet, Lisa Diependaele and Sigrid Sterckx.

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