Events

IMAS Philosophy Club: Climate Change and Personal Responsibility

Summary

Dr Coady will argue that climate change gives rise to personal, as well as political, obligations.

Start Date

20th Apr 2017 4:00pm

End Date

20th Apr 2017 6:00pm

Venue

The Galley L3, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade

RSVP / Contact Information

Enquiries: larelle.bossi@utas.edu.au

presented by

Dr David Coady

University of Tasmania

Contrary to Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and a number of other people writing on ethics and climate change, Dr Coady will argue that climate change gives rise to personal, as well as political, obligations. People living in the industrialised world are obliged to limit their own carbon footprint as well as to engage in political action. If we fail to do both of these things, we are failing to live up to our moral obligations. The precise nature and extent of those obligations will depend to some extent on the policies of the government of the country in which we live.

About David Coady

David Coady’s research covers a wide variety of philosophical topics. Most of his current work is on applied philosophy, especially applied epistemology. He has published on rumour, conspiracy theory, the blogosphere, expertise and democratic theory. He has also published on the metaphysics of causation, the philosophy of law, climate change, cricket ethics, police ethics, and the ethics of horror films. He is the author of What to Believe Now: Applying Epistemology to Contemporary Issues (2012), the co-author of The Climate Change Debate: an Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013), and the editor of Conspiracy Theories: the Philosophical Debate.