Climate Change Action as Collective Action

Angela Kallhoff (Corresponding author)

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Philosophers argue that climate change and shortfalls in climate change action result from problems of collective action. The biggest problem is the failure not to reach the commonly agreed goals of mitigation. This contribution explores problems of collective action and the related, so-called tragedy of the commons. Even though an analysis of the problems is important, the main part of this contribution focuses on a forward-looking way to address collective action. By taking the nature of climate action goals as collective goals seriously, and by introducing a theory of joint agency into the debate on climate action, a theory of joint climate action can be articulated. The main part of this chapter explores the constituents of such theory of joint climate action and its normative implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Handbook of Philosophy of Climate Change
EditorsGianfranco Pellegrino, Marcello Di Paola
Place of PublicationCham
Pages1 - 14
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-16960-2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2023

Publication series

SeriesHandbooks in Philosophy

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 603113 Philosophy

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