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Debating Climate Ethics

Stephen M. Gardiner and David A. Weisbach


In this volume, Stephen M. Gardiner and David Weisbach present arguments for and against the relevance of ethics to global climate policy. Gardiner argues that climate change is fundamentally an ethical issue, since it is an early instance of a distinctive challenge to ethical action (the perfect moral storm), and ethical concerns (such as with justice, rights, political legitimacy, community, and humanity’s relationship to nature) are at the heart of many of the decisions that need to be made. Consequently, climate policy that ignores ethics is at risk of “solving” the wrong problem, perhaps ... More

Keywords: climate change, ethics, political feasibility, climate responsibility, distributive justice, equality, corrective justice, climate justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199996476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199996476.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Gardiner, author
Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington, Seattle

David A. Weisbach, author
Walter J. Blum Professor of Law and Senior Fellow, the Computation Institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, University of Chicago

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Front Matter

Part I In Defense of Climate Ethics

Stephen M. Gardiner

Part II The Problems with Climate Ethics By David A. Weisbach

Part III Responses

Stephen M. Gardiner and David A. Weisbach

End Matter