Ethics in the Public Sphere Lecture Series

Ethics in the Public Sphere

Many faculty and graduate students in Philosophy are doing work in ethics and social-political philosophy that engages issues of broad public interest and concern. As part of our mission to contribute to the public's understanding and appreciation of these issues, the department has launched a new symposium series under the banner Ethics in the Public Sphere.

Read more about the series here:
Interview with former Philosophy Department Chair, Donald P. Rutherford

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"The Roads To and From the Paris Climate Agreement"

Professor Andrew Light 

University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences at George Mason University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute, in Washington, D.C. 

Friday, December 1, 2017
UCSD Faculty Club 5-8PM
Talk and Q&A: 5:30-7PM, reception to follow


In December 2015 over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement.  Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action.  Others have argued that the climate commitments that parties brought to the table in Paris are ultimately too weak to achieve the agreements’ lofty aspirations.  Whichever is true, the agreement is now undergoing an early and serious stress test with the announcement of the intended withdraw of the United States from the agreement.  To better understand the significance of the Paris Agreement, and why it is worth fighting for its preservation, we will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, and how this outcome evolved from earlier failed attempts in this process, finally overcoming the immense hurdle of assigning responsibility for hitting global mitigation targets.  From there we will look at what the future holds for global climate cooperation, including new opportunities for enhanced climate action.

To see our past events and video record of events please visit our Ethics in the Public Sphere archive.