John Broome: "Climate Change: Life and Death"

December 29, 2014
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:00pm
11th Floor, Thompson (Main) Library
Photo of John Broome

 

Abstract of "Climate Change: Life and Death"

The ethical issues raised by climate change can be roughly divided into two classes: issues of fairness or justice, and issues of value. In this talk I shall concentrate on value, and particularly on the special questions of value that arise from the life-and-death effects of climate change.

John Broome is the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. His highly influential writings range over many topics in moral philosophy, including normative ethics and metaethics, and economics. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of: Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming WorldWeighing Lives; Ethics Out of EconomicsWeighing Goods: Equality, Uncertainty, and TimeCounting the Cost of Global Warming; and The Microeconomics of Capitalism. Professor Broome's "The Ethics of Climate Change" appeared in Scientific American in June of 2008. Professor Broome served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is one of the lead authors of the IPCC's "Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report."

This event is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Professor Broome's talk is co-sponsored by the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

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