The Problem of Nuclear Harm: An Ethical Ecology

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People tend to think of “harm” as limited to the individual human body or psyche. However, the meaning of harm and its relationship to shared vulnerability was transformed with the invention of nuclear weapons. This is because nuclear harms violate not only the human body, but also the biosphere on which all life depends. Despite this, ethical thinking on the nuclear age remains human-centred. To render these human-biosphere connections visible in nuclear discourse, this project problematizes Andrew Linklater’s efforts to globalise the liberal harm principle by (re)constructing the Antipodean nuclear philosophy of the late environmental philosopher, Richard Routley/Sylvan, through archival research.

N.A.J. Taylor, The Problem of Nuclear Harm: An Ethical Ecology. Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Queensland, December 2018. Examiners: Emeritus Professor Richard A. Falk (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University) and Anthony Burke (UNSW at the Australian Defence Force Academy). No changes/revisions and recommended for special commendation. [PDF available on request]