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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169547
eISBN:
9780231537957
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169547.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, widespread drought ... More


Market Failure

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway

in The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169547
eISBN:
9780231537957
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169547.003.0003
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter analyzes the two inhibiting ideologies of the Western civilization: positivism and market fundamentalism. Twentieth-century scientists saw themselves as the descendants of an empirical ... More


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