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Climate Change and the Moral AgentIndividual Duties in an Interdependent World$
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Elizabeth Cripps

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665655.001.0001

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In the Same Boat

In the Same Boat

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Climate Change and the Moral Agent

Elizabeth Cripps

Oxford University Press

This chapter defends the weakly collective duty of younger generations (The Young) to organise to mitigate climate change. The intentionalist model of collectivities is challenged and a non-intentionalist account defended. On this, a collectivity is constituted by individuals mutually dependent for the achievement or satisfaction of some common or shared goal, purpose or fundamental interest, whether or not they are aware of this themselves. It is argued that The Young constitute such a collectivity through a fundamental interest in retaining genuine, secure opportunities for life, health, bodily integrity, affiliation, and practical reason, which are put at risk through climate change. A collectivised weak principle of beneficence is defended, and a principle of moralised collective self-interest derived from a special case application of this principle. This is applied to The Young.

Keywords:   climate change, non-intentionalist model, collectivities, capabilities approach, collective self interest, principle of beneficence, The Young

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