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Climate Change and the Moral Agent: Individual Duties in an Interdependent World

Elizabeth Cripps


Global climate change challenges standard theories of moral accountability. Many of us take it for granted that we ought to cooperate to tackle it, but where does this requirement come from? Climate change does very great harm, to our fellow humans and to the non-human world, but no one causes it on their own and it isn’t the result of intentionally collective action. What, moreover, should each of us be doing in the absence of effective global-level cooperation? Is there anything we can do, as individuals, that will leave us able to live with ourselves? This book responds to these challenges. ... More

Keywords: Climate change, weak collective duty, collective responsibility, individual duties, collectivities, moral agent, no-harm principle, principle of beneficence, non-humans, moral marring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Cripps, author
Lecturer in Political Theory, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh

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