Catalogue 2013 - 2014

PH 316 Philosophy and Climate Change


3 cr.


Junior standing.

Course Description

In this course we will evaluate the scientific evidence for the claim that greenhouse gases are increasing global temperatures, and critically analyze some of the philosophical, economic, and political issues that arise given the possibility of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Topics include probable consequences and effects of global warming, legitimating appeals to expertise and authority, the concepts of risk, uncertainty, and probability, rational decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, the precautionary principle, cost/benefit analyses of inaction, mitigation (prevention), and adaptation, atmospheric justice, causal and moral responsibility, ethical obligations and duties, and rights.


Satisfies A & S Writing Intensive requirement.