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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379440.003.0008

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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