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Desiring ethics. Reflections on veganism from an observational study of transitions in everyday energy use

Dal Gobbo, Alice 2018. Desiring ethics. Reflections on veganism from an observational study of transitions in everyday energy use. Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism 6 (2) , pp. 233-250. 10.7358/rela-2018-002-dalg

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Abstract

Ecological issues are becoming more and more salient to our everyday lives as the effects of climate change become evident, resource depletion is put into government’s agendas, access to energy becomes increasingly costly and differentially distributed. They call on us to reconsider not only energy consumption and production systems, but also the very cultural and social premises of our societies. In particular, we need rethinking the anthro- pocentrism that has founded for centuries human exploitation of the earth. In this article I draw on empirical material from an observational study of everyday energy transitions in order to reflect psychosocially on the potentialities of veganism as an energy ethics of sustainability “beyond anthropocentrism”. I argue that, despite many promises, the transi- tion to a plant-based diet can become politically dangerous if adopted (and promoted) as an abstract moral imperative and not as a situated and ethical one.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: LED Edizioni Universitarie
ISSN: 2283-3196
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 December 2018
Date of Acceptance: 1 November 2018
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 02:45
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/117740

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