ABSTRACT

In a way, the association between Gaia, a bastard child of climate sciences and ancient paganism, and the proposition to 'think the Anthropocene' seems unproblematic. For the 'climate change' community, and in particular for one of its most central figures, Stephen Schneider, Gaia was never a simple metaphor; rather it was the questioning figure this community had to decipher. The anthropogenic influence on climate is not due to the action of anyone specifically, but to the cumulative effects of a multitude of actions across time and across people. Philosophers such as Hans Jonas and, more recently, Dominique Bourg and Kerry Whiteside have defended the need to assign a special and privileged place to experts and scientists both in public debate and in decision making. Western traditional moral theories all depend on the recognition in the other of the same kind of fundamental interests or the same inherent autonomy as those of the moral agent.