The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction

The Ethics of Climate Change: An Introduction

by Byron Williston

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ISBN-13: 9781138559790
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Series: Ethics of ... Series
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 1,166,076
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Byron Williston is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. He is the author of The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015).

Table of Contents

Introduction


  1. The Basic science



    • Introduction
    • The greenhouse effect
    • Climate projections
    • Risks and vulnerabilities
    • Ethical communication of science
    • Chapter summary


  1. What is Climate Change Ethics?



    • Introduction
    • Ideal and non-ideal theory
    • Climate economics
    • Why ethics is necessary
    • Is ethics adequate?
    • Chapter summary


  1. Precautionary Policy



    • Introduction
    • The precautionary principle
    • Adaptation and mitigation
    • Three drivers of climate change
    • From Rio to Paris
    • Chapter summary


  1. International Justice



    • Introduction
    • Climate change and human rights
    • The ideology of business as usual
    • The tragedy of the commons
    • Three principles of climate justice
    • The right to development
    • Chapter summary


  1. Intergenerational Justice



    • Introduction
    • An ‘intergenerational arms race’
    • The non-identity problem
    • The contractarian gambit
    • Just savings
    • Beyond the contract?
    • Chapter summary


  1. Nature in the Anthropocene



    • Introduction
    • Why species matter
    • The Anthropocene
    • Activist preservationism
    • Two moral doctrines
    • Ecomodernism
    • The end of nature
    • Chapter summary


  1. Individual Duties



    • Introduction
    • The prisoner’s dilemma
    • The negligibility thesis
    • Turning to the virtues
    • Virtues for the climate crisis
    • Building just institutions
    • Carbon offsetting
    • Chapter summary


  1. Climate Change Denial



    • Introduction
    • Virtue Epistemology
    • How to believe in climate change
    • Climate change bullshit
    • Dealing with bullshit: producers and consumers
    • The problem of integrity
    • Chapter summary


  1. Geoengineering



    • Introduction
    • The turn to geoengineering
    • Moral hazard and moral corruption
    • Just governance
    • Distributive justice
    • Intergenerational justice
    • Procedural justice
    • Corrective justice
    • Chapter summary

Glossary

Index

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