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Green Guilt
The Chronicle of Higher Education (2010)
  • Stephen T Asma, Columbia College Chicago
Abstract

The essay discusses the more neurotic aspects of environmentalism, involving guilt over failure to recycle or turn off the lights. It notes that those most prone to these sensibilities are those who have left traditional religion. It quotes philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who states that religious emotions such as guilt and indignation are still present in a post-Christian world. The essay argues that we should certainly save the planet but avoid the neurosis that often accompanies it.

Keywords
  • environmentalism,
  • guilt and culture,
  • neuroses
Publication Date
January 10, 2010
Citation Information
Stephen T Asma. "Green Guilt" The Chronicle of Higher Education Vol. 56 Iss. 18 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_asma/15/