University of Oregon


The science, ethics, and politics of climate change were the main topics of the 2011 Karbank Symposium in Environmental Philosophy at Boston University.

The annual event offers a forum for discussing issues in environmental philosophy, broadly construed, and is named in honor of philosophy department benefactor and series sponsor Steven Karbank (CAS'79). Symposium topics range from biodiversity and transgenic re-speciation to global warming and nature aesthetics.

This year's symposium featured three highly regarded thinkers and writers, including Andrew Light, an associate professor of philosophy at George Mason University, where he is the director of the Center for Global Ethics. An internationally recognized expert on the relationship between environmental policy and ethics, Light is currently working on a variety of projects involving U.S. participation in multilateral and bilateral climate and energy agreements, reducing emissions from deforestation, and climate finance. He touched upon these topics in his lecture, "International Climate Ethics in a Time of Uncertain Climate Policy."

Hosted by the Center for Philosophy & History of Science on April 15, 2011.