Panel 12: Intergenerational Ethics
The Extinction Paradox
Martin Bunzl, Rutgers University
It is often argued that by harming the planet we are violating the rights of future people by making their lives worse off. What happens however, if we harm the planet so much that no future people can even live, how can we wrong them if they will never come into being? This presentation explores this seeming paradox and its implications towards our relationship with the environment (more).
Risk, Uncertainty, and Climate Change
Richard Cohen, University of California, San Diego
This talk explores the difference between risk and true uncertainty in light of climate change events, which the author argues follows more of true uncertainty. Through a humanities lens which embraces uncertainty in the form of mysteries, this talk advocates a similar embrace in the sciences, one that gives full credence to the unmeasurable facts of human subjectivity, emotionality, and spirituality (more).
Ontological Problems in Intergenerational Climate Ethics
Matthias Fritsch, Concordia University
Climate change debates over justice are inherently complex because not only are our actions affecting people today but will affect them generations to come. As a result, the ethics surrounding such actions are by no means clear cut. This presentation will analyze the debate of whether our current ethical system is sufficient to consider these options, and if not, what needs to be done to address these deficiencies (more).
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