Confucian environmental ethics, climate engineering, and the "playing god" Argument

Pak Hang Wong*

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The burgeoning literature on the ethical issues raised by climate engineering has explored various normative questions associated with the research and deployment of climate engineering, and has examined a number of responses to them. While researchers have noted the ethical issues from climate engineering are global in nature, much of the discussion proceeds predominately with ethical framework in the Anglo-American and European traditions, which presume particular normative standpoints and understandings of human-nature relationship. The current discussion on the ethical issues, therefore, is far from being a genuine global dialogue. The aim of this article is to address the lack of intercultural exchange by exploring the ethics of climate engineering from a perspective of Confucian environmental ethics. Drawing from the existing discussion on Confucian environmental ethics and Confucian ethics of technology, I discuss what Confucian ethics can contribute to the ethical debate on climate engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-41
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Climate engineering
  • Confucian environmental ethics
  • Hubris
  • The "playing god" argument


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