Environmental Philosophy

Volume 19, Issue 1, Spring 2022

Agustín Mercado-ReyesOrcid-ID
Pages 73-92

The Lesser Number: On Action and Geoengineering

The current crises put before us alternatives of action that require decision; for example, the decision of whether to deploy or investigate SRM geoengineering to counter global warming, which is here taken as the central example. Attending to the ontological richness of value in the elements of the world, of which scientific models and thought are a very particular and limited kind, can cast a different light into the decision process, which otherwise would almost unavoidably devolve into “infernal alternatives,” as Isabelle Stengers calls them: impossible choices between two evils.