Vahe Davtyan implements a multi-disciplinary approach to global energy security, incorporating a philosophical lens to re-define what we understand by ‘energy crisis’. Rather than a lack of energy, or radical price changes, Davtyan focuses on uncontrolled consumption by the ‘golden billion’, influenced by increasing dependence on information technology and unmitigated by a growth in renewable energy. Proposing we look at the ‘energy security of the person’, Davtyan explains that the ‘production of energy demand’ is tied to a new kind of human – ‘Homo Consumptoris’.

Executive Summary

The study of global energy security in the context of socio-philosophical problems is necessary because global energy security has already been transformed from a purely technical and economic system, into a socio-forming and ontological system (OCHA, 2010; The Quaker Council for European Affairs, 2010; Stoddard, 2013, etc.). In this report I attempt to identify global energy security’s key socio-philosophical and political issues, in order to seek a new model for the efficient and stable operation of this system. As a basis for the formation of such a model, I propose the development of an important ontological system, ‘the energy security of the person’. This development implies a revision of the relationship between humans and nature, as well as an identification of the main spiritual and ethical problems determining humans’ uncontrolled consumption of energy resources. The proposed model should include the uninterrupted self-knowledge of individual human beings and the realisation of their spiritual and intellectual potential, which will inevitably lead to a revision of the stereotypes of spontaneous consumer behaviour. Otherwise, humans may face the risk of becoming elements of the consumer cycle, or in other words, a resource for the ideological construction of the ‘consumer society’, as proposed by Baudrillard. I attempt to determine the civilisational significance of energy and its influence on the formation of social and inter-state relations. I also study demographic aspects of global energy security, and I affirm that the growth of the world population and the global increase of energy consumption are not directly correlated.

 

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