Environmental Philosophy

Volume 16, Issue 2, Fall 2019

Lauri LahikainenOrcid-ID, Tero Toivanen
Pages 359-378

Working the Biosphere
Towards an Environmental Philosophy of Work

Humans have arguably become a geological force that is changing the planet in profound and catastrophic ways. But what are the human practices that have such force? In this paper, we argue that work is exactly such a practice and that it is as workers that many of us are agents of global environmental change. When carbon dioxide is emitted or forests are cut down, someone is working. Yet we lack adequate descriptive and normative theories of work to understand how we are a geological force. In this paper, we suggest possible beginnings for an environmental philosophy of work.