Moral Gravity

Staying Together at the End of the World

By David W. Hill

Published

Jul 18, 2022

Page count

140 pages

ISBN

978-1529222661

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 18, 2022

Page count

140 pages

ISBN

978-1529222678

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Moral Gravity

Thinking about climate change can create a paralysing sense of hopelessness. But what about the idea of a planetary exodus? Are high-tech solutions like colonizing other planets just another distraction from taking real action?

This radical book unsettles how we think about taking responsibility for environmental catastrophe.

Going beyond both hopelessness and false hope in his development of a ‘sociology of the very worst’, David W. Hill debunks the idea of a society that centres around human beings and calls for us to take responsibility for sustaining a coexistence of animals, plants and minerals bound by one planet.

We would then find the centre of our moral gravity here together on earth.

“As a counterbalance to the false hopes underwriting contemporary narratives of interplanetary exploration, David W. Hill offers a deeply serious contribution to debates about environmental catastrophe on earth. This book prompts us to think radically about human responsibilities to other animals and geological life – here, now and for the future.” Daryl Martin, University of York

David W. Hill is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at York St John University.

Before

1. Pessimism

2. Exodus

Interruption

3. Responsibility

4. Accession

End