In Ethics for a Broken World Tim Mulgan imagines how the future might judge us and how living in a time of global environmental degradation might reshape the politics and ethics of the future. Presented as a series of "history of philosophy lectures" given in the future, studying the classic texts from a past age of affluence - our own - the central ethical questions of our time are shown to look very different from the perspective of a ruined world. By looking into the future to revisit the present, Mulgan aims to reimagine contemporary philosophy in an historical context and, with the benefit of hindsight, highlight the contingency of our own moral and political ideals.
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Tim Mulgan is professor of moral and political philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His books include Understanding Utilitarianism.Review:
"A bold, creative, provocative, ingenious, and important book that will be of tremendous interest to students and teachers of ethical, political, and environmental philosophy." John Seery, Pomona College, California
"An excellent and hugely innovative introduction to political philosophy. By asking readers to imagine what our political philosophy might look like to members of a broken future, the book challenges many assumptions about resources and future generations
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