Stephen M. Gardiner to Give Lectures about Confronting Climate Change

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 24, 2017—Stephen M. Gardiner will speak at Williams College on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3. His talk is titled “The Peculiar Ethics of Geoengineering.” Gardiner is professor of philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. He will also give a talk the day before, Monday, Feb. 27, in Schapiro Hall, room 129, titled “The Threat of Intergenerational Extortion: On Resisting the Temptation to Become the Climate Mafia, Masquerading as an Intergenerational Robin Hood.” Both talks are free and open to the public.

Gardiner focuses on ethical theory, political philosophy, and environmental ethics. He conducts research on global environmental problems with an emphasis on climate change, future generations, and virtue ethics. He has published pieces on a diversity of topics including intergenerational justice, the ethics of geoengineering, the precautionary principle, and climate justice in journals including Ethics, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Gardiner authored several books including A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change, Debating Climate Ethics with David Weisbach, a “for and against” book on climate justice, and the Oxford Handbook on Environmental Ethics, coedited by Allen Thompson. He is the coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings and editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New.

Gardiner’s talk is part of a thematic year of inquiry called “Confronting Climate Change.” Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

The Philosophy Department and the Center for Environmental Studies are sponsoring this event.


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