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Introduction

  • Luca ValeraEmail author
  • Juan Carlos Castilla
Chapter
Part of the Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 46)

Abstract

Recent technological developments and new scientific tools regarding socio-ecological systems have created new global settings, which bring to the core new environmental problems, approaches, challenges, and conflicts. The very essence of this new global context invites to a re-evaluation of traditional ethical, political, and socio-ecological categories. The critical challenge is to understand and account for the interdisciplinary dynamics of nature and social changes, and the novel complex processes existing between and within these dynamics. Without this kind of approach, we will be unable to evaluate the best actions (if any) to take in the present for both current and future generations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Bioethics and Department of PhilosophyPontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiago de ChileChile
  2. 2.Department of Ecology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Center for Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Center for Global Change (CCG-UC)Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiago de ChileChile

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