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The Ethics Of Climate Change: Considering Scale And Responsibility, John P. Dees Jul 2015

The Ethics Of Climate Change: Considering Scale And Responsibility, John P. Dees

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change are being undertaken at a variety of geographic and political scales, ranging from personal behavior to large-scale international treaties. These activities represent a spectrum of agent behaviors and policies related to the climate change phenomenon. Underpinning these behaviors and policies are daunting ethical and moral questions pertaining to response and responsibility. On the international stage, the discourse often focuses on measuring responsibility between developed and developing nations. At smaller scales, the discourse attempts to determine responsibility and “right” action at the level of institutions, corporations, and regional governance. However, agents and stakeholders ...


Iris Murdoch And The Importance Of Stepping Outside The Self, Megan R. Johnson Jul 2015

Iris Murdoch And The Importance Of Stepping Outside The Self, Megan R. Johnson

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Abstract

Iris Murdoch and the Importance of Stepping Outside the Self

Megan Johnson

Iris Murdoch was a philosopher, essayist, and novelist who utilized her fictional works such as The Green Knight to artistically depict the core values of her philosophies. Murdoch’s compilation of philosophical essays The Sovereignty of Good expounds upon her belief in the importance of unselfishness in the face of virtues and morality. Murdoch argues against Kantian philosophy which relies heavily on empirical reasoning in her essays and again as her concepts are portrayed by the characters in her novels. This essay explains both Murdoch and Kant ...