Climate Change and Future Aesthetics Chapter uri icon


  • The Author(s) 2017. Philosophical discussions of climate change have mainly conceived of it as a moral or ethical problem, but climate change also raises new challenges for aesthetics. In this chapter I show that, in particular, climate change: (1) raises difficult questions about the status of aesthetic judgements about the future, or future aesthetics; and (2) puts into relief some challenging issues at the intersection of aesthetics and ethics. I maintain that we can rely on aesthetic predictions to enable us to grasp, in some sense, aesthetic value in environments affected by climate change and, through a discussion of three hypothetical cases, I argue that although moral considerations will press on aesthetic judgements, aesthetic value will not necessarily be trumped by them.

author list (cited authors)

  • Brady, E.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Brady, Emily

Book Title

  • Climate Change and the Humanities

publication date

  • November 2017