An Ontology of Climate Change_Article

An Ontology of Climate Change_Article
Integral Pluralism and the Enactment of Multiple Objects
By Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
Climate change is a complex phenomenon that is enacted by multiple methodologies from various disciplines. No single method by itself can “see” or reveal climate change in its entirety. This article explores the ontology of climate change
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Published: 01-01-2010
Length: 32 Pages
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Climate change is a complex phenomenon that is enacted by multiple methodologies from various disciplines. No single method by itself cansee” or reveal climate change in its entirety. This raises the issue of the ontological status of climate change and to what degree are the data from these methodological traditions pointing to a singular or multiple object. This article explores the ontology of climate change. First, the notion of ontological pluralism is introduced and linked to climate change. Next, the role of enactment and performativity is explored in the context of climate change. As a result of this analysis, climate change is presented as a multiple object with overlapping and divergent dimensions. Issues of hybridity and multiplicity are linked to climate change action. Lastly, a framework of Integral Pluralism is presented that addresses the relationship between epis- temological distance (the Who), methodological variety (the How), and ontological complexity (the What). In conclusion, this article presents five reasons why it is advantageous—philosophically and pragmatically—to relate to climate change as an ontological plurality.