Sunday, May 29, 2011

Peter Singer, preference utilitarianism and climate change

An interesting article from The Guardian here about how Singer recognises the inability of preference utilitarianism to deal with climate change, or perhaps indeed with any problem.


  1. I wish I'd managed to make it to that forum! I also missed a seminar "Human Rights, Future Generations and Climate Change: Promises and Limits"

    But I made it to a talk on the global politics of climate change and another one on "Uncertainties in future temperature projections and climate stabilization" (Reto Knutti)

  2. Just thought I'd mention that the videos from the conference are now available:

    And here is a report from the conference on my blog as well:

  3. Thanks for the links. Singer's an interesting and provocative thinker, agree or not.

  4. The Guardian also did an article about hemp which was intersting, it is legal in the UK but not in the US - presently there is a petition to the White House, with support from the likes of Cynthia McKinney (US presidential candidate for Green Party 2008), up at
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