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About the Possibility of a Distant Future Ethics: The Motivation Problem

Gérald Heß
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Hugues Poltier
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

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Published in: Proceedings from the 50th Societas Ethica Annual Conference 2013. Climate Change; Sustainability; and an Ethics of an Open Future. August 22-25; 2013; Soesterberg; The Netherlands

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 98:9, p. 115-121

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Published: 2014-08-21

ISBN: 978-91-7519-289-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Our paper bears on the issue of the possibility conditions for another relationship towards nature which seems to be required if one wants to ensure a future to mankind on earth. In other words we both share the alarmists’ views concerning the future of earth through climate change and other issues. We assume them as correct without discussing here.

Poltier’s part is negative; claiming that liberalism is; from the point of view of this issue; a dead end; Hess’ part will inquire the resources for designing another ethics through a critical discussion of Jonas’ and Norton’s contributions.


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