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A Perfect Moral StormThe Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change$
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Stephen M. Gardiner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379440

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379440.001.0001

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A Global Test for Contemporary Political Institutions and Theories

A Global Test for Contemporary Political Institutions and Theories

(p.213) Chapter 7 A Global Test for Contemporary Political Institutions and Theories
A Perfect Moral Storm

Stephen M. Gardiner

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins the discussion of the theoretical storm. It pursues the suggestion that current social systems and theories might be guilty of a serious global and intergenerational failure, and so are, so to speak, subject to an important global test. It argues that past climate policy constitutes a failure of this test, and that this puts pressure on mainstream social and political theories. It explores this problem through a discussion of some vices that theories may exhibit with respect to the global test, including those of obliviousness, abdication, complacency and evasiveness.

Keywords:   global ethics, global political philosophy, utilitarianism, Sir John Houghton, catastrophic change, Teflon problem, accept and endure, Dale Jamieson

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