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11 The Triad of Uncertainty (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9788202535025 Year: Pages: 14 DOI: 10.23865/noasp.36.ch11 Language: English
Publisher: Cappelen Damm Akademisk/NOASP (Nordic Open Access Scholarly Publishing)
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences
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"This chapter sheds light on interaction (samhandling) between scientists
and politicians. What happens when the latter gives the former a role in an effort to
ensure that society is not exposed to an unforeseen calamity? The chapter has two
objectives – one conceptual and one pertaining to the analysis of public policy in a
particular context. First, distinctions are drawn between three dimensions of uncertainty
about the consequences of action. The aim is to create a clearer understanding
of what is meant by assertions that policy is made under conditions of uncertainty.
Secondly, the political implications of uncertainty are charted with particular reference
to the choice of climate policy. The analysis targets the way the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has handled the task of publicizing the
effect that anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases have on the atmosphere.
The conclusion is that the IPCC’s communication with politicians and the public
has contributed to, rather than ameliorated, the problem of uncertainty that stands
in the way of resolute political action."

Foundations for Moral Relativism: Second Expanded Edition

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ISBN: 9781783740345 9781783740338 Year: Pages: 156 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0086 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Philosophy
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In this new edition of Foundations for Moral Relativism a distinguished moral philosopher tames a bugbear of current debate about cultural difference. J. David Velleman shows that different communities can indeed be subject to incompatible moralities, because their local mores are rationally binding. At the same time, he explains why the mores of different communities, even when incompatible, are still variations on the same moral themes. The book thus maps out a universe of many moral worlds without, as Velleman puts it, "moral black holes". The six self-standing chapters discuss such diverse topics as online avatars and virtual worlds, lying in Russian and truth-telling in Quechua, the pleasure of solitude and the fear of absurdity. Accessibly written, this book presupposes no prior training in philosophy.

The Indigenous State: Race, Politics, and Performance in Plurinational Bolivia

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ISBN: 9780520294035 9780520967304 9780520967304 9780520967304 Year: Pages: 242 DOI: 10.1525/luminos.31 Language: English
Publisher: University of California Press
Subject: Anthropology
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In 2005, Bolivians elected their first indigenous president, Evo Morales. Ushering in a new “democratic cultural revolution,” Morales promised to overturn neoliberalism and inaugurate a new decolonized society. In this perceptive new book, Nancy Postero examines the successes and failures that have followed in the ten years since Morales’s election. While the Morales government has made many changes that have benefited Bolivia’s majority indigenous population, it has also consolidated power and reinforced extractivist development models. In the process, indigeneity has been transformed from a site of emancipatory politics to a site of liberal nationstate building. By carefully tracing the political origins and practices of decolonization among activists, government administrators, and ordinary citizens, Postero makes an important contribution to our understanding of the meaning and impact of Bolivia’s indigenous state.

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