Climate Change and the Moral Agent:
Individual Duties in an Interdependent World
Oxford University Press, 2013
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? Climate change does very great harm to our fellow humans and to the non-human world, but no one causes it on their own and it isn’t the result of intentionally collective action. In the face of the current failure of institutions to face up to the problem, is there anything we can do as individuals that will leave us able to live with ourselves?
My book responds to these challenges. A moral case is made for collective action on climate change, by appeal to moralized collective self-interest, collective ability to aid, and an expanded understanding of collective responsibility for harm. It is further argued that collective action on climate change is something we owe to ourselves, to save us from marring choices. Pushing the boundaries, the book explores collective climate duties to non-humans and asks what our primary individuals duties are in the absence of effective collective action. (Should we be mimicking what we would have to do under a fair collective scheme, or promoting collective action, or aiding victims directly?)
"Do Parents Have A Special Duty To Mitigate Climate Change?"
Politics, Philosophy & Economics 16 (3): 308-325
"Population, Climate Change, and Global Justice: A Moral Framework for Debate."
Journal of Population and Sustainability 1 (2): 23-36
"Justice, Integrity and Moral Community: Do parents owe it to their children to bring them up as good global climate citizens?"
Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 117 (1): 41-59
“Climate Change, Population, and Justice: Hard Choices to Avoid Tragic Choices.”
Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric 8 (2): 1-22
"Population and Environment: The Impossible, the Impermissible, and the Imperative"
Stephen Gardiner and Allen Thompson eds. Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford University Press)
"Climate Change, Collective Harm and Legitimate Coercion"
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 14 (2): 171-193.
Reprinted in: Gideon Calder and Catriona McKinnon eds. Climate Change and Liberal Priorities (London: Routledge, 2011)
"Collectivities without Intention"
Journal of Social Philosophy 42 (1): 1-20
"Saving the Polar Bear, Saving the World: Can the Capabilities Approach do Justice to Humans, Animals and Ecosystems?"
Res Publica 16 (1): 1-22
Reviews & review essays
“On Climate Matters: Offsetting, Population, & Justice.”
Midwest Studies in Philosophy 40 (1): 114-128
Symposium on John Broome: Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World
(London & New York: Norton, 2012).
Review of Adrian Armstrong: Ethics and Justice for the Environment
(London and New York: Routledge, 2012)
Environmental Politics 22 (6): 1055-1057
Review of Clare Palmer: Animal Ethics in Context (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010) Environmental Values 21 (2): 238-240
Review of Tim Mulgan: Ethics for a Broken World (Durham: Acumen, 2011)
The Philosophers' Magazine 56: 108-109
"Where We Are Now: Climate Ethics and Future Challenges"
Review Essay, Climate Law 2: 117-133