Climate Science and Environmentalism: Philosophical Investigations
In an era of ‘climate emergencies’ and controversies surrounding ‘global warming’, we explore the relationship of philosophy to environmentalism, and introduce the field of philosophy of climate science.
We investigate the emergence and development of ‘climate science’ and consider how philosophy engages with its concepts and practices. A variety of themes, such as catastrophism and scepticism, will be considered, and problems about climate data and models will be examined.
Finally we explore ‘anthropogenic climate change’ and recent, associated problems such as the ‘hockey stick’ and ‘climategate’ controversies. This will lead us to evaluate the ethics, politics and economics of climate change.
Science and Philosophy: historical relations and transformations
Philosophy and environmentalism: from ‘deep ecology’ to ‘green philosophy’
Contexts and attitudes: climate, catastrophism and scepticism
The emergence of ‘climate science’ and its key developments
Climate science and philosophy: preliminary problems and definitions
Climate data and philosophy: from stations to palaeoclimate econstructions
Climate models and philosophy I: types of model and their construction
Climate models and philosophy II: uses and evaluation
Anthropogenic climate change I: from detection to projection
Anthropogenic climate change II: some specific controversies and disputes
Further perspectives: non-western philosophy and the environment
Climate change: politics, ethics and economics
Dr Martin Ovens
Martin Ovens has taught courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies for OUDCE since 2005. Among his research interests are scepticism and philosophy of science.
This course aims to introduce, elucidate and examine problems in the philosophy of climate science.
All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.
By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:
- Core themes, problems and arguments in philosophy of climate science
- Relationships between philosophy and environmentalism
- Problems about the ethics and politics of climate change
- Specific controversies and disputes associated with anthropogenic climate change
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