04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224
Section Information for Fall 2017
PHIL 694-001: Methodological and Normative Dimensions of Climate Science
Thursday 4:30 - 7:10 PM
Instructor: Andrew Light
Climate change is one of the most difficult challenges humanity has ever faced. At its core, it is simultaneously one of the hardest problems of both collective action and distributive justice. Our understanding of this problem though, and the urgency we face in finding domestic and international solutions to it, is built on a diverse body of science going back to the end of the 19th century, when a Swedish chemist, Svante Arrhenius, first hypothesized that humans could warm the planet through the burning of fossil fuels. In this course we will focus on both the methodological and normative dimensions of climate science. First, how do we know what we know -- from the historical temperature and greenhouse gas record, current observations, and computer modeling -- and second, whether there are normative implications of the findings from this science with respect to identifying the solution set for climate change. We will end with a look at the question of whether climate scientists have any obligations to involve themselves in the policy debates on climate change given their fundamental role in understanding this challenge to people and the planet.
For students in the Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus, this course can be used as an elective.
For students in the Ethics and Public Affairs concentration, this course can be used to fulfill 3 credits of the 9-credit ethics requirement; or can be used as an elective.
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Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.
Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.
Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.