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Climate and Environmental Ethics

Ongoing research on intergenerational justice, the ethics of climate change and historical justice.

Group Leader: Lukas H. Meyer

Climate change poses great challenges to the moral and political philosophy. Questions relate to different dimensions of justice, responsibility for risks, legitimacy of expectations, or the evaluation of new technologies. . The most pressing question of intergenerational climate justice concerns the present generation’s relation to future generations. Do we owe future generations to adopt additional measures against climate change and its harmful consequences? And if yes, to what extent and in which way? How can climate policy measures be assessed from a normative perspective? What are the needs to be considered and how can positive and negative consequences for different generations and groups be compared and weighed? What duties do individual agents have under the current non-ideal circumstances to contribut to the achievement of collective solutions and how to deal with differences in opinions towards this qeustion? How should the use of new technologies (geoengineering/climate engineering) be assessed? These and other questions will be investigated in projects at the Institute for Philosophy in interdisciplinary cooperation at the University of Graz and on an international level.

On-going Projects

 Concluted Projects

Contact

MMag. Dr.phil.

Harald Stelzer

Research Manager

Research Management & -services
Elisabethstraße 27/II
A- 8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 1295


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Gottfried Kirchengast

Speaker

Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Brandhofgasse 5/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8431


Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil.

Lukas Meyer

Speaker

Institute of Philosophy
Attemsgasse 25/II
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2300


Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn.

Kristina Sefc

Co-Speaker

Institute for Biology
Universitätsplatz 2/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 5601


Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.soc.oec.

Karl Steininger

Co-Speaker

Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Brandhofgasse 5/I
A-8010 Graz

Phone:+43 316 380 - 8441


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