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Lecture 10 Notes On Gardiner’s A Perfect Moral Storm (2006) Caleb Dewey January 7, 2018 In this final lecture, we’ll consider a problem that humanity is only beginning to face and that it will be dealing with for a long time: climate change. Gardiner is pessimistic, but I want to caution us against excessive pessimism: climate change isn’t threatening humanity with extinction, as some alarmists suggest. We’ll hurt, but we’ll survive. Gardiner identifies three distinct problems that are involved in climate change: Problem 1 (The Global Storm): there is a synchronic : 1. Dispersion of causes and effects (between, roughly, the rich and the poor) 2. Fragmentation of agency (among 7+ B people and more organizations) 3. Institutional inadequacy (at the international level) Gardiner believes that this creates a prisoner’s dilemma (where nations are players): 1. It’s collectively rational to restrict overall pollution 2. It’s individually rational not to restrict overall pollution
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  • Fall '11
  • Dr.DanRussell
  • Reason, Pessimism, Gardiner

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