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Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua
Geoethics: Manifesto for an Ethics of Responsibility Towards the Earth

2022, Springer, Cham, XII+123 pp., ISBN 978-3030980436.




This book outlines the current development of geoethical thinking, proposing to the general public reflections and categories useful for understanding the ethical, cultural, and societal dimensions of anthropogenic global changes.

Geoethics identifies and orients responsible behaviors and actions in the management of natural processes, redefining the human interaction with the Earth system based on a critical, scientifically grounded, and pragmatic approach. Solid scientific knowledge and a philosophical reference framework are crucial to face the current ecological disruption. The scientific perspective must be structured to help different human contexts while respecting social and cultural diversity. It is impossible to respond to global problems with disconnected local actions, which cannot be proposed as standard and effective operational models. Geoethics tries to overcome this fragmentation, presenting Earth sciences as the foundation of responsible human action toward the planet. Geoethics is conceived as a rational and multidisciplinary language that can bind and concretely support the international community, engaged in resolving global environmental imbalances and complex challenges, which have no national, cultural, or religious boundaries that require shared governance. Geoethics is proposed as a new reading key to rethinking the Earth as a system of complex relationships, in which the human being is an integral part of natural interactions.




Front Matter (free download)

Pages i-xii

Pages 1-8


Origins of Geoethical Thought
Pages 9-17


From Ethics to Geoethics
Pages 19-29


The Concept of Responsibility
Pages 31-47


The Advantage of Geoethical Action
Pages 49-54


Ethical Problems and Dilemmas in the Geosciences
Pages 55-61


The Values of Geoethics
Pages 63-82


Geoethics and Anthropogenic Global Changes
Pages 83-106


Geoethics for an Ecological Humanism
Pages 107-123


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