Climate change has become the most pressing moral and political problem of our time. Ethical theories help us think clearly and more fully about important moral and political issues. And yet, to date, there have been no books that have brought together a broad range of ethical theories to apply them systematically to the problems of climate change. This volume fills that deep need. Two preliminary chapters—an up-to-date synopsis of climate science and an overview of the ethical issues raised by climate change—set the stage. After this, ten leading ethicists in ten separate chapters each present a major ethical theory (or, more broadly, perspective) and discuss the implications of that view for how we decide to respond to a rapidly warming planet. Each chapter first provides a brief exposition of the view before working out what that theory “has to say” about climate change and our response to the problems it poses.

Key features:

• Up-to-date synopsis of climate science

• Clear overviews of a wide range of ethical theories and perspectives by leading experts

• Insightful discussions of the implications of these theories and perspectives for our response to climate change

• A unique opportunity to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of various ethical viewpoints.

chapter |5 pages


ByDale E. Miller

chapter 1|29 pages

Modern Climate Change

A Symptom of a Single-Species High-Energy Pulse
ByHans-Peter Plag

chapter 2|23 pages

Ethical Challenges Posed by Climate Change

An Overview
ByMadison Powers

chapter 3|20 pages

Procreation, Carbon Tax, and Poverty

An Act-Consequentialist Climate-Change Agenda
ByBen Eggleston

chapter 4|21 pages

The Rule-Consequentialist Response to Climate Change

ByDale E. Miller

chapter 5|17 pages

Kant and Climate Change

A Territorial Rights Approach
ByAlice Pinheiro Walla

chapter 6|23 pages

Contractualism and Climate Change

ByPaul Clements

chapter 7|18 pages

Contractarianism and Climate Change

ByMichael Moehler

chapter 8|20 pages

Natural Law Theory and Climate Change

ByColleen McCluskey

chapter 9|16 pages

Virtue Ethics and Climate Change 1

BySophie Grace Chappell

chapter 10|22 pages

From Caring to Counter-Consumption

Feminist Moral Perspectives on Consumerism and Climate Change
ByRegina Cochrane

chapter 11|23 pages

Pragmatist Ethics and Climate Change

BySteven Fesmire

chapter 12|20 pages

Phenomenology and the Ethics of Difference

Levinas, Responsibility, and Climate Change
ByWilliam Edelglass