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Acknowledgements; Contributors; Foreword Alastair Macintosh; Introduction: How should we think about the future? Stefan Skrimshire; Part I: History; 1. Environmental Apocalypse: History and Prospects Frederick Buell; 2. Four Meanings of Climate Change Mike Hulme; 3. The Apocalyptic as Contemporary Dialectic: From thanatos (violence) to eros (transformation) Mark Levene; Part II: Ethics; 4. Saved By Disaster? Abrupt Climate Change, Political Inertia and the Possibility of an Intergenerational Arms Race Stephen Gardiner; 5. Living with Uncertainty: the Limits of 'Risk Thinking', Chris Groves; Part III: Action/Inaction; 6. Bringing Hope to Crisis: Crisis Thinking, Ethical Action and Social Change Sarah Amsler; 7. Empathy and Climate Change: Proposals for a Revolution of Human Relationships Roman Krznaric; 8. Are We Armed Only with Peer Reviewed Science? The Scientization of Politics in the Radical Environmental Movement Andrew Bowman; 9. The Ultimate Paradigm Shift: Environmentalism as Antithesis to the Modern Paradigm of Progress Richard McNeill Douglas; Part IV: Religion; 10. Eternal Return of Apocalypse Stefan Skrimshire; 11. Beyond Humanity's End: An Exploration of a Dramatic versus Narrative Rhetoric and its Ethical Implications Celia Deane-Drummond; 12. Are We There Yet? Coming to the End of the Line - A Postnatural Enquiry Peter Scott; Bibliography; Index.

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Stefan Skrimshire is a postdoctoral research associate in philosophy of religion at The University of Manchester, UK.


"How should we think the future? This is the vital climate change question posed by this compelling collection of essays. Confronting the idea of apocalypse head on, contributors ask what imaginings are required to lever the changes we need. Does the idea of catastrophe free us to think anew, or freeze us into inaction? In the wake of Copenhagen, fresh thinking is needed - the kind of thinking you'll find in this book." --Andy Dobson, Keele University, UK"Intellectual titillation" --Morning Star"The climate revolution is being televised- not only in fantasy-disaster flicks like The Day After Tomorrow but on the morning weather report. The future is here, and it needs an ethics." --Harpers

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