Academic Philosophy Events in the Netherlands
Climate Change and the Long-Term Future – a PPE Winter School
24 February @ 09:30 - 25 February @ 18:30| €40
After six successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen will host its seventh yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Climate Change and the Long-Term Future. It will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where topics related to the theme will be discussed from different disciplinary viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
Climate change is among the biggest challenges humanity faces today. How should individuals, societies, and humanity at large respond to climate change and other long-term challenges? Far from being a question for the natural sciences alone, a good answer also requires a ‘PPE perspective’, that is, a perspective that combines philosophy, politics, and economics. In this winter school, different researchers will take a PPE perspective in exploring climate change and our ethical and political obligations towards future people. The challenge is typically seen as a collective action problem. From this perspective, it calls for an institutional solution that facilitates widespread cooperation among individuals and countries. And it brings up empirical questions, such as what explains people’s attitudes and actions towards the environment and future generations and how can those be improved? But it also has an important epistemic dimension. For example, what is a rational response to scientific disagreement and to the risk and uncertainty involved in climate predictions? Finally, the winter school also tackles fundamental normative questions, such as: What are our moral obligations to future people? Do they extend to all future people and, if so, does this imply that our longtermist moral duties trump any short-term concerns?
Programme (speakers confirmed so far)
Prof Leah Henderson, ‘The philosophy of climate science’
Prof Lisa Herzog, ‘Climate Science and Democracy – Considerations from Political Epistemology’
Dr Simon Friederich, ‘Climate change as a collective action problem and the importance of very cheap energy’
Prof Frank Hindriks, ‘Sustainable institutions and a duty to join forces’
Dr. Andreas T. Schmidt, ’Longtermism and our duty towards far-future people’
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