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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

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

Elizabeth Cripps

Oxford University Press

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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