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A perfect moral storm : the ethical tragedy of climate change

Author: Stephen M Gardiner
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Environmental ethics and science policy series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Climate change is arguably the great problem confronting humanity, but we have done little to head off this looming disaster. In The Perfect Moral Storm, Stephen Gardiner illuminates our dangerous  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen M Gardiner
ISBN: 0199985146 9780195379440 0195379446 9780199985142
OCLC Number: 840726592
Notes: Originally published as paperback.
Description: 495 Seiten.
Contents: Contents ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction: A Global Environmental Tragedy ; I. Some Assumptions ; II. Introducing the Perfect Storm Metaphor ; III. Climate Change ; IV. The Wider Relevance of the Model ; V. Outline of the Book ; Part A: Overview ; Chapter 1: A Perfect Moral Storm ; I. Why Ethics? ; II. The Global Storm ; III. The Intergenerational Storm ; IV. The Theoretical Storm ; V. The Problem of Moral Corruption ; Chapter 2: A Consumption Tragedy ; I. What is the Point of Game Theory? ; II. Motivating the Models ; III. A Green Energy Revolution? ; IV. Consumption and Happiness ; Part B: The Global Storm ; Chapter 3: Somebody Else's Problem ; I. Past Climate Policy ; II. Somebody Else's Burden ; III. Against Optimism ; IV. Conclusion ; Chapter 4: In the Shadow of a Common Tragedy ; I. Climate Prisoners? ; II. An Evolving Tragedy ; III. Beyond Pessimism ; IV. Lingering Tragedy ; V. Climate Policy in the Shadows ; VI. Conclusion ; Part C: The Intergenerational Storm ; Chapter 5: The Tyranny of the Contemporary ; I. Problems with 'Generations' ; II. Intergenerational Buck-Passing ; III. Intergenerational Buck-Passing vs. The Prisoners' Dilemma ; IV. The Features of the Pure Intergenerational Problem ; V. Applications and Complications ; VI. Mitigating Factors ; VII. The Non-Identity Problem: A Quick Aside ; VIII. Conclusion ; Chapter 6: An Intergenerational Arms Race? ; I. Abrupt Climate Change ; II. Three Causes of Political Inertia ; III. Against Undermining ; IV. Conclusion ; Part D: The Theoretical Storm ; Chapter 7: A Global Test for Political Institutions and Theories ; I. The Global Test ; II. Scenarios ; III. A Conjecture ; IV. Theoretical Vices ; V. An Illustration: Utilitarianism ; VI. Understanding the Complaint ; VII. Conclusion ; Chapter 8: Cost-Benefit Paralysis ; I. Cost-Benefit Analysis in Normal Contexts ; II. CBA for Climate Change ; III. The Presumption Against Discounting ; IV. The Basic Economics of the Discount Rate ; V. Discounting the Rich? ; VI. Declining Discount Rates ; VII. Two Objections to "Not Discounting" ; VIII. The "Devil's in the Details" Argument ; IX. Conclusions ; Part E: Moral Corruption ; Chapter 9: Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics ; I. Corruption ; II. The Dubious Dashwoods: Initial Parallels ; III. The Opening Assault on the Status of the Moral Claim ; IV. The Assault on Content ; V. Indirect Attacks ; VI. The Moral of the Story ; Chapter 10: Geoengineering in an Atmosphere of Evil ; I. An Idea that is Changing the World ; II. The Problem of Political Inertia Revisited ; III. Two Preliminary Arguments: Cost and "Research First"? ; IV. Arming the Future ; V. Arm the Present? ; VI. Evolving Shadows ; VII. Underestimating 'Evil' ; VIII. An Atmosphere of Evil? ; IX. "But... Should We Do It?" ; Part F: What Now? ; Conclusion: The Immediate Future ; Postscript: Some Initial Ethics of the Transition ; I. Introduction ; II. The Ethics of Skepticism ; III. Past Emissions ; IV. Future Emissions ; V. Responsibility ; VI. Ideal Theory ; VII. Conclusion ; Appendices ; Appendix 1: The Population Tragedy ; I. Hardin's Analysis ; II. Population as a Tragedy of the Commons ; III. Total Environmental Impact ; IV. Conclusion ; Appendix 2: Epistemic Corruption and Scientific Uncertainty in ; Michael Crichton's State of Fear ; I. What the Scientists Know ; II. Certainty, Guesswork and the Missing Middle ; III. Conclusion
Series Title: Environmental ethics and science policy series
Responsibility: Stephen M. Gardiner.

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Gardiner has expertly explored some very instinctual and vitally important considerations which cannot realistically be ignored. Required reading. * Robin Whitlock, Green Prophet *

 
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