A Perfect Moral Storm



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A Perfect Moral Storm
Stephen Gardiner
Responses from Adam Yarinsky and Joel Towers


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For related articles and events, including an introductory essay, visit the feature page for The Five Thousand Pound Life.

Concluding the fall’s The Five Thousand Pound Life programming, which focuses on climate change communication and ethics, Stephen Gardiner will lecture on negotiating responsibilities and actions—both individual and collective—in the global, intergenerational crisis of climate change. The lecture will begin by framing the climate problem as a severe ethical challenge: a “perfect moral storm.” It will then confront the worry, memorably expressed by Dale Jamieson, that “today we face the possibility that the global environment may be destroyed, yet no one will be responsible.”

Stephen Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are ethical theory, political philosophy, and environmental ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics. Gardiner is the author of A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford, 2011), the coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2010), and the editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New (Cornell, 2005). His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics, the Journal of Political PhilosophyOxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Following his talk, Gardiner will discuss the implications of his research for design with respondents Adam Yarinsky—architect and principal of Architecture Research Office—and Joel Towers—Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design.

Time & Place
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway
Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: rsvp@archleague.org. Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here.
This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.
Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Architectural League also thanks Frances Levine for providing research support for The Five Thousand Pound Life.