Session 2/4: Dr. Megan Blomfield, Climate Ethics Series TT 2020

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Join us for the second session in this series with Dr. Megan Blomfield on ‘Climate Responsibilities in an Unjust World’!

This University of Oxford, Faculty of Philosophy series brings together some of the world’s leading experts in climate ethicsJohn Broome, Megan Blomfield, Henry Shue and Simon Caney — to showcase the latest and cutting edge work in the area.

​This series is intended to spark interest in questions relating to philosophy and climate change and unite people across the university interested in issues of climate change and the role of philosophy in furthering climate research, action and discussion. The first 45mins-hour will consist of a lecture and then the floor will be open to questions and discussion. No prerequisites or prior knowledge required.

Time: Wednesday 2-4pm, Weeks 4, 6, 8, 9, Trinity Term 2020

Location: Online.

Convener: Alice Evatt. Please contact for any queries

Further Details: Click here; Faculty Website

Series Schedule:

Session 1: Professor John Broome (Oxford) — 'Self-interest against climate change', Wed May 20 (Week 4), 2-4pm. Click here to register.

​Session 2: Dr. Megan Blomfield (Sheffield) — ‘Responsibility for Climate Change in an Unjust World’, Wed June 3 (Week 6), 2-4pm.

Session 3: Professor Henry Shue (Oxford) — 'Are There Second Chances in Climate Change? Carbon Dioxide Removal and Intergenerational Risk Transfer', Wed June 17 (Week 8), 2-4pm. Click here to register.

Session 4: Professor Simon Caney (Warwick) — 'Power, Political Responsibilities and Climate Change'
Wed June 24 (Week 9). Time TBA. Click here to register.

Dr. Megan Blomfield -- Climate Responsibilities in an Unjust World

Abstract: Who is responsible for bearing any burdens of addressing the problem of climate change? Common answers in the philosophical literature include polluters, beneficiaries of pollution, or the wealthy. In this talk I argue that whilst these answers might appear able to help us divide up the costs of climate change relatively neatly, they cannot provide an accurate picture of responsibility for addressing this problem. Particularly in a world that is radically unjust, like our own, responsibility for climate change is far more diffuse and difficult to apportion.

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