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Stephen M. Gardiner
ENVIR 416
Seattle Campus

Ethics and Climate Change

Critical examination of the ethical issues surrounding climate change. Prerequisite: either one philosophy or one environmental studies course. Offered: jointly with PHIL 416.

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Several politicians and scientists have said that climate change is the most important international problem facing the world today. This course will investigate many of the philosophical issues relevant to this problem. Such issues include: What is scientific uncertainty, and how should we behave when confronted with problems that are uncertain in this way? What can economic analysis tell us (and not tell us) about problems with a long time horizon, such as climate change?

Is climate change a commons problem? If so, what kind? How might we address the problem in a just way? What are we individually required to do about global and intergenerational problems of this sort?

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Trina M. Sterry
Date: 02/22/2007