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A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change

Stephen M. Gardiner


Climate change is genuinely global, dominantly intergenerational, and takes place in a setting where our prescriptive theories are weak. This “perfect moral storm” poses a profound challenge to humanity. This book explains the storm, how it makes sense of our current malaise, and why better ethics can help. This book argues that despite decades of awareness, we are currently accelerating hard into the climate problem in a way that defies standard explanations. It claims that this suggests that our current focus on the scientific and economic questions is too narrow, and that the tendency to se ... More

Keywords: global justice, intergenerational ethics, global warming, environmental philosophy, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379440
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379440.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Gardiner, author
Department of Philosophy and Program on Values in Society, University of Washington, Seattle
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