Gedankenexperimente in der Philosophie by Daniel Cohnitz

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The point here is to realize the cultural depth of the scenery, and this implies taking hold of the moral dimension of capitalization before developing, eventually, any moral stance against or in favor of it. Those acacia shoots planted in rows, those entrepreneurial H[SHFWDWLRQVDQGWKRVHÀQDQFLDOSUHFDXWLRQVDUHWKHIRUPWKDWWDNHVWKH whole concern of making viable, in a very particular way, the (certainly good) project of planting trees in a sustainable manner in order to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

And this is a salient feature of the story of the origins in all its versions. The narrative casts the venture capitalist not RQO\DVDVNLOOHGÀQDQFLDOH[SHUWEXWDVKDYLQJ´LQVWLQFWVµ6KHLVDOVRJRRG at identifying “true human nature,” at capturing the minute signs that reveal DSHUVRQ·V´SRWHQWLDOµDQGÀQDOO\DWDQWLFLSDWLQJKRZDIRXQGLQJVFLHQWLVW and her team will tackle the dilemmas of valuation. Being a venture capitalist is an art, a way of being, a human science. 7KLVIRUPRI MXVWLÀFDWLRQZKLFKH[LVWVLQWKHPDVWHUQDUUDWLYHDQGLV elaborated in its multiple adaptations, confers to the venture capitalist an anthropological role.

But their personae are represented by the eventual owners of carbon credits, since those who own capital certainly use capitalistic reasoning to determine business value. And they are also represented by the purchasers of carbon credits, who buy them as one invests in assets, and who, in practice, are essentially bankers. The contrived scene of an encounter between a banker and a promoter, an investor and an entrepreneur, strikes us again as at least one important element of the engine that enables a wide variety of elements (people, ÀUPVWUHHVFDUERQDQGPRQH\ WRPRYHLQRQHGHWHUPLQHG´FUHGLEOHµ direction.

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