An Evaluation of Anthropocentrism and the Climate Change Debate


  • Daniel Aseer Kwaghgande Department of Philosophy, Benue State University, Makurdi


Climate Change, Applied Epistemology, Global warming, Environmental justices, Anthropogenic


There is a vigorous public debate today about the status of Climate change.
Much of the skeptism voiced in this debate as to whether climate change is
natural or anthropogenic suffer from a lack of understanding and gross
ignorance regarding the subject matter. Some of the major philosophical
questions raised by scholars regarding the current public debate about Global
warming are: Is climate science a genuine science? Is human activity primarily
responsible for the Global warming? This work evaluates the question as to
whether human beings are responsible for climate change or not, bringing into
limelight the pros and cons of the debate and the pivotal role of philosophers in
the mitigation of Climate Change. The study adopts the historical, expository,
and evaluative methods for analysis. The study discovered that climate change
is real and inevitable and its cause is anthropogenic and the contribution of
natural effect towards climate change is minimal. The study concludes that to
reduce the dangerous greenhouse gas emission, climate adaptation and
mitigation is the way out. Philosophers have a vital role to play here by
exposing and criticizing the deeply held ideas that have led to climate change
and other environmental crises in our world today. Philosophers can
contribute to the climate change debate primarily through advocacy and
activism that is geared towards change of lifestyle like using cleaner energy to
reduce carbon footprint.


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