The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series

The Practical, the Political and the Ethical seminar series
14 May 2019, 5.30pm - 7.15pm
Room 102 (the Seminar Room) in 19 Gordon Square (UCL)

Climate responsibilities and background injustice

Megan Blomfield (Sheffield)



In philosophical discussions about climate change and responsibility, it is common to find theorists debating whether the costs of combating climate change and compensating for climate disasters should be allocated to polluters, the beneficiaries of pollution, or the wealthy. I argue that this framing of the problem is insufficiently attentive to the fact that climate change is taking place in a world characterised by many background injustices. These background injustices should change the way that we think about climate responsibilities.

The Institute of Philosophy hosts a regular workshop series entitled ‘The Practical, the Political, and the Ethical’. The series was created in 2015 by Véronique Munoz-Dardé (UCL) and Hallvard Lillehammer (Birkbeck) in order to discuss work in progress from visiting speakers. This year the series is convened by Robert Simpson (UCL) and Joe Horton (UCL). The seminar generally meets on alternate Tuesdays from 5.30 to 7.15pm in the spring and summer terms. Talks are normally 50 minutes (no pre-circulation of the paper), followed by discussion. All are welcome.  


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