Stephen Gardiner, Philosophy, University of Washington

Professor Stephen Gardiner here talks about the perfect moral storm, the precautionary principle, and geoengineering.

Interview Questions:

  • 0:10: What’s your general view on geoengineering?
  • 0:48: Is this related to your “lesser evil” argument?
  • 2:01: So that’s part of the “emergency argument,” but there’s a different argument associated with lesser evils, yes?
  • 3:56: Is the analogy of moral marring in Sophie’s case applicable to the case of states or state actors?
  • 5:04: What kind of reception have you gotten from the scientific community when you present your views?
  • 5:51: Do you find that more concrete examples, like your Sophie’s Choice case, are more resonant with the scientific community, or are more abstract arguments better?
  • 6:38: When advocates for geoengineering say that geoengineering will be beneficial to all, what is your response?
  • 7:56: Where do you think the general public stands on geoengineering?
  • 9:06: In earlier work, you characterized climate change as a “perfect moral storm.” Could you explain that a bit?
  • 11:40: One more time, with feeling.
  • 13:24: How do you understand the precautionary principle?