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Climate change and the moral agent : individual duties in an interdependent world

By: Cripps, Elizabeth (Lecturer in Political Theory, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

0199665656 / 9780199665655
Hardback
363.73874
02/04/2013
Usually dispatched within 4 weeks
England
24 cm xii, 258 pages
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Many of us take it for granted that we ought to cooperate to tackle climate change.

But where does this requirement come from and what does it mean for us as individuals trying to do the right thing?

Although climate change does untold harm to our fellow humans and to the non-human world, no one causes it on their own and it is not the result of intentionally collective action.

In the face of the current failure of institutions to confront the problem, is thereanything we can do as individuals that will leave us able to live with ourselves?

This book responds to these challenges. It makes a moral case for collective action on climate change by appealing to moralized collective self-interest, collective ability to aid, and an expanded understanding of collective responsibility for harm.

It also argues that collective action is something we owe to ourselves, as moral agents, because without it we are left facing marring choices.

In the absence of collective action, individuals should focus on trying to promote such action (whetherthrough or by bypassing existing institutions), with a supplementary duty to aid victims directly.

The argument is not that we should not be cutting our own emissionsthis can be a vital part of bringing about collective action or alleviating harmbut that such `green lifestyle choices cannotstraightforwardly be defended as duties in their own right, and should not take priority over trying to bring about collective change.

BIC:

JPA Political science & theory, RNPG Climate change, RNT Social impact of environmental issues

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