How much risk ought we to take? Exploring the possibilities of risk-sensitive consequentialism in the context of climate engineering

Harald Stelzer, Fabian Schuppert

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    Abstract

    When it comes to assessing the deontic status of acts and policies in the context of risk and uncertainty, moral theories are often at a loss. In this paper we hope to show that employing a multi-dimensional consequentialist framework provides ethical guidance for decision-making in complex situations. The paper starts by briefly rehearsing consequentialist responses to the issue of risk, as well as their shortcomings. We then go on to present our own proposal based on three dimensions: wellbeing, fairness and probability. In the last section we apply our approach to a comparison of different climate policy options, including stratospheric solar-radiation management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)69-90
    Number of pages22
    JournalEnvironmental Values
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2016

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