Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: How to Finance ‘Well Below 2°C’?

Proposal deadline extended to March 10th

The second of six ESRC-funded workshops exploring issues where the ethics and economics of climate change intersect will be held at the University of Nottingham on 13-14 April 2016.

The keynote speakers will be John Broome and Armon Rezai.

The first of six ESRC-funded workshops exploring issues where the ethics and economics of climate change intersect will be held at Oxford University’s Martin School on 13-14 January 2016. The keynote speakers will be Simon Caney and Partha Dasgupta.

There is space in the workshop for eight additional presentations, and an equal number of discussants. Funds are available to cover accommodation and internal travel expenses for up to three research students and early-career researchers. Preference will be given to proposals on the workshop theme of discounting, but proposals on other topics will also be considered. Papers will be circulated before the workshop.

An article by Alex Voorhoeve and me called ‘Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View’ (Philosophy & Public Affairs) includes a link to this post ‘for remarks by Derek Parfit in reply to this article, plus the authors’ response’. Parfit’s reply, ‘Another Defence of the Priority View’, has been published in this special issue of Utilitas on prioritarianism. I’ve now just published an article called ‘Prioritarianism and the Measure of Utility’ (Journal of Political Philosophy) that responds to Parfit’s. Here’s an excerpt that conveys the gist of my article:

Date: November 10-11, 2010
Location: UCL (Nov 10) and Senate House, University of London (Nov 11)

November 10
Ethics of Risk Workshop
Location Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre
9.30 Registration

10.00 Dave Holly “Models of Moral Reasoning and Risk”

11.15 Madeleine Hayenhjelm ‘The Fair Distribution of Risk’

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Mike Otsuka and Alex Voorhoeve ‘The Priority View And Cases Involving Risk’

2.45 Tea

3.15 Jo Wolff ‘Five Types of Risky Situation’

November 11, 2010
Moral Decision Making Under Uncertainty
Location: Senate Room, Senate House, Malet Street
9.30 Registration

April 12-13th, 2010
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Abstract Deadline: November 23rd, 2009
Opening Lecture: Simon Caney, University of Oxford

The purpose of the conference is to invite experts in the fields of philosophy, ethics, applied economics, environmental economics and innovation studies. The focus will be on those aspects of uncertainty and the discount rate relevant to these disciplines. Uncertainties are of particular importance in innovation projects, where both costs and benefits are hard to assess. A crucial question is how uncertainty can be taken into account in cost-benefit analysis, even if imperfectly, and what kinds of alternative methodologies exist that may deal more effectively with decision-making in uncertain environments. The workshop also aims to expose and analyse the ethical assumptions at work in the choice of a discount rate. Importantly, while some of the reasons for discounting future benefits and costs are economic, some are ethical. The choice of discount rate is therefore an interdisciplinary issue.