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Philip Kitcher on the Hard Problem of Climate Change @ the Brooklyn Public Library, Tuesday 4/22, 7:00 P.M.
Apr 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Hi everyone! I’m extremely excited to announce that Philip Kitcher (Columbia University) will be joining us to speak about the problems of understanding and responding to the threats posed by climate change. Here’s a bit more about the talk, in Dr. Kitcher’s own words:
“Climate Change – The Hard Problem”
The easy problem of climate change is that of determining the reality of anthropogenic (or human-caused) global warming. That problem has been made hard by deficiencies in our democracy. After a brief exploration of these claims, I’ll turn to the hard problem, that of ascertaining the extent of the threat to future human well-being and formulating a policy for addressing it. I’ll argue that we are forced to proceed in a context in which much of what we would like to know is beyond our epistemic reach, and that successful policies for responding to climate change require an extension of democracy in a global framework. Given the existing problems with what we think of as democracy today, any such extension looks unlikely.
***Please note that we will not meet in our usual room. We will be meeting in the Trustee’s Room on the second floor of the Brooklyn Public Library at 7:00 P.M.***
This is not one to miss! I hope all of you can make it!