Working the Biosphere: Towards an Environmental Philosophy of Work

Lauri Lahikainen, Tero Tapio Toivanen

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Humans have arguably become a geological force that is changing the planet in profound and catastrophic ways. But what are the human practices that have such force? In this paper, we argue that work is exactly such a practice and that it is as workers that many of us are agents of global environmental change. When carbon dioxide is emitted or forests are cut down, someone is working. Yet we lack adequate descriptive and normative theories of work to understand how we are a geological force. In this paper, we suggest possible beginnings for an environmental philosophy of work.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Philosophy
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)359-378
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 611 Philosophy
  • environmental philosophy of work
  • environmental ethics
  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Anthropocene
  • labor

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