The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

TitleThe Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future
Year for Search2014
AuthorsOreskes, Naomi (b. 1958), and Conway, Erik (b. 1965)
Date Published2014
PublisherColumbia University Press
Place PublishedNew York
KeywordsFemale author, Male author, US author
Annotation

An historian observing the tercentenary of the collapse of Western civilization (1540-2073) tries to explain how a supposedly rational, scientific people could deny climate change. The explanation centers on an emergence of a new Dark Age in which reason was blinded by a non-rational belief in the “free market.”

Info Notes

Originated as an essay with the same title in Daedalus 142.1 (Winter 2013): 40-58.

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Author Note

Oreskes (b. 1958) is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, and Conway (b. 1965) is an historian of science and technology at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Female co-author.

Full Text

2014 Oreskes, Naomi (b. 1958) and Erik M. Conway (b. 1965). The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future. New York: Columbia University Press. Originated as an essay with the same title in Daedalus 142.1 (Winter 2013): 40-58. PSt

An historian observing the tercentenary of the collapse of Western civilization (1540-2073) tries to explain how a supposedly rational, scientific people could deny climate change. The explanation centers on an emergence of a new Dark Age in which reason was blinded by a non-rational belief in the “free market”. Oreskes is is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, and Conway is an historian of science and technology at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Female co-author.