From theRio Earth Summit to theCopenhagen Climate Conference there was a concerted international effort to stop climate change Yet greenhouse gas emissions increased, atmospheric concentrations grew, and global warming became an observable fact of life In this book, philosopher Dale Jamieson explains what climate change is, why we have failed to stop it, and why it still matters what we do Centered in philosophy, the volume also treats the scientific, historical, economic, and political dimensions of climate change Our failure to prevent or even to respond significantly to climate change, Jamieson argues, reflects the impoverishment of our systems of practical reason, the paralysis of our politics, and the limits of our cognitive and affective capacities The climate change that is underway is remaking the world in such a way that familiar comforts, places, and ways of life will disappear in years or decades rather than centuries Climate change also threatens our sense of meaning, since it is difficult to believe that our individual actions matter The challenges that climate change presents go beyond the resources of common sense morality it can be hard to view such everyday acts as driving and flying as presenting moral problems Yet there is much that we can do to slow climate change, to adapt to it and restore a sense of agency while living meaningful lives in a changing world Interesting information buried in page after page of boring philosophy I tried my best, but I could not finish this book. All the rational arguments for taking climate change seriously and why no one bothers with them Depressing because the debate is currently mired in emotion and commerce Down with growthism Jamieson points a critical eye toward where we find ourselves with respect to climate change, how we got here, and what we can do going forward The basis of his thinking can be boiled down to this human ethics, morality, and institutions were never designed to handle problems such as climate change where cause and effect are distributed across space, time, and actors For example, it s really hard to think ethically when the impacts of decisions made today may be a thousand years in the future it s really hard to feel morally culpable for turning up the thermostat even though collectively this may result in the suffering and or death of uncountable people and it sounds a bit off when our best economic models claim that European explorers got a raw deal when they bought Manhattan for 24 Human beings were built to react to cause and effect when and where they see it so one of the key problems with climate change is that it s so hard to see the when and the where let alone the who.As far as presentation goes, the bulk of his book reflects on how we got here Jamieson takes us through the early days of climate science, the recognition of climate change as a problem, and the institution of climate diplomacy He discusses how climate diplomacy failed due to the disconnects between politics and science, the disconnects between public good and corporate good, etc He also discusses the limitations of economics when applied to climate change, especially when it comes to valuing present and future lives The takeaway is that since diplomacy and economics have failed to solve the climate change problem in the past we shouldn t expect them to be the solution going forward.The next subjects he takes up are ethics and morality As with diplomacy and economics, he discusses where human ethics and morality fall short when it comes to climate change He surveys a variety of recent attempts at establishing a new ethics for climate change, but identifies a range of challenges that each must address before any of them can be considered coherent.The last part of the book looks forward Unfortunately, this is the shortest and in my opinion the weakest part of the book The chapter titled Living with Climate Change is by far the shortest chapter in the book Jamieson s reflections on measuring meaning in terms of activity vs results and cultivating a respect for nature seem less convincing than any of his earlier arguments even for someone like me who would emphasize the same The final chapter provides a Confucian like rectification of names , a discussion on how future policy discussions may play out in terms of those names, and also introduces Jamieson s seven principles for the way forward Readers with an activist bent may find this chapter useful in that it points out how people in climate change discussions often talk past each other by using the same names to mean different things as well as how the conversation will likely turn toward emphasizing adaptation and geoengineering now when in fact abatement and mitigation remain critical elements of any solution His seven principles for the way forward, however, are similar in brevity to his earlier discussions of meaning and respect for nature so while my previous education allows me to agree with each of his principles, they re not quite the arguments you might use to sway a fence sitter let alone a staunch denier.All in all, a great discussion on how we got to where we find ourselves with respect to climate change The latter part of book that deals with the way forward, while a little weak, can itself be taken as outlining a way forward for further reading as opposed to being a final word on the subject. I must give 5 stars.One, This is an important essay with many footnotes and hyperlinks to relevant information At this writing I know of no other place to find the quantity and quality of these sources of information.Two, the casual reader will find it difficult because it requires time and consideration Short, compact sentences share a lot of deep thought requiring a background in environmental philosophy or a desire to hang with it and ponder their meaning It s a learning exercise for guys like me and well worth the effort.Three, I m pleased to have the audible, Kindle, and hardback of this book to study it in different formats The hardback allows me to fall back on my margin notes and time to ponder questions and test my own knowledge and prejudices.Finally,I m web master for for which I display real estate signs on the sides of my vehicles in very large letters with the following What They Knew When They Knew and bring my biases to any discussion of climate issues, especially climate deception I had thought that Hitler gave humanity its last monster, and then Pol Pot showed up Meanwhile, humanity s drive to conquer the planet cooked that atmosphere, land, and oceans with CO2 Then Exxon and other fossil fuel giants followed earth science for their own benefit and discovered their products were damaging worldwide habitat Rather than alert us to these dangers, they began a disinformation, propaganda campaign to cast doubt As a result a truly species destroying event loomed and grows catastrophic each day So when I find a text likes Reason in a Dart Time, I place it within the context of where we re at and where we are going Jamieson s efforts help to shed light on these matters.