2015-10-26Diskussionpapier DOI: 10.18452/3131
Geoengineering and the Accusation of Hubris
Geoengineering aims at a large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment in order to counteract climate change. Different ethical worries concerning geoengineering have been formulated. Amongst these a core wrong is often believed to be captured by a certain character trait, namely hubris. The value of referring to the concept of hubris, however, is not at all clear. What exactly does this concept entail, and what is its merit in evaluating proposals of geoengineering? This paper analyses the concept of hubris. It then argues that referring to this concept does indeed add an important perspective to an evaluation of the various proposals for geoengineering.
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