The Ark in Space: A Political Philosophy with a Green Agenda

The Ark in Space: A Political Philosophy with a Green Agenda

by Nicholas Charles Cousins


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The Ark in Space is a work of political philosophy, set in the context of man's exploitation of planet Earth to fulfil his various needs. The work offers a hypothesis - that planet Earth has a finite capacity to sustain man's manipulation of his environment as he pursues his inexorable drive to enrich himself. On the basis of this hypothesis the work suggests that the political consequences of planet Earth only having a finite productive capacity relative to what man may desire in terms of its output has implications that entail revisiting and reappraising the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. The hypothesis in order to resonate employs a metaphor designed to encapsulate the suggested finite ability of planet Earth to accommodate the ever increasing demands that man places upon it to facilitate the 'good life'. The metaphor envisages Earth as an Ark in Space. It is designed to condense our thinking about the ability of the planet to sustain man's manipulation of it to suit his consumptive needs. Planet Earth, the Ark in Space is the common good which must be sustained through combined and concerted fraternal action, driven by a philosophy of conservation as opposed to consumption.

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ISBN-13: 9781475051391
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/22/2012
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Originally from Morpeth in Northumberland, Nicholas Cousins has taught at Brockenhurst FE College in Hampshire since 1993. He has an MA in Philosophy from the Open University and an MA in History from Sheffield University. He introduced A Level Philosophy to Brockenhurst College in 2001 and currently teaches A Level Philosophy, Classical Civilisation and History. His interests include ceroc dancing, running, walking and photography, particularly of the Natural World with the Lake District being his preferred beauty spot! This is his first publication.

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