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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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Living With Ourselves

Living With Ourselves

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(p.169) 7 Living With Ourselves
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Climate Change and the Moral Agent
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Elizabeth Cripps

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665655.003.0007

This chapter builds on Nagel to identify three standpoints from which, as humans, we face the world: the personal, the interpersonal, and the moral. Four claims are then made: 1) that collective action on climate change could make it significantly less burdensome for us to fulfil our moral duties; 2) that we need collective action on climate change in order fully to reconcile the three standpoints; 3) that many individuals are marred by finding these standpoints irreconcilable; 4) that we are all so marred. A marring choice is filled out as a choice between central elements of one more of the three standpoints. Whatever the individual does, she will have grounds for fundamental regret. It is argued that we have a weakly collective duty (a duty of all to each) to act collectively on climate change to avoid such marring choices.

Keywords:   climate change, collective action, marring choices, agent-regret, Thomas Nagel, Stephen Gardiner

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