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Libertarianism, Climate Change, and Individual Responsibility

Torpman, Olle (2022). Libertarianism, Climate Change, and Individual Responsibility. Res Publica. 28 :1 , 125-148
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Much has been written about climate change from an ethical view in general, but less has been written about it from a libertarian point of view in particular. In this paper, I apply the libertarian moral theory to the problem of climate change. I focus on libertarianism's implications for our individual emissions. I argue that (i) even if our individual emissions cause no harm to others, these emissions cross other people's boundaries, (ii) although the boundary-crossings that are due to our 'subsistence emissions' are implicitly consented to by others, there is no such consent to our 'non-subsistence emissions', and (iii) there is no independent justification for these emissions. Although offsetting would provide such a justification, most emitters do not offset their non-subsistence emissions. Therefore, these emissions violate people's rights, which means that they are impermissible according to libertarianism's non-aggression principle.

Authors/Creators:Torpman, Olle
Title:Libertarianism, Climate Change, and Individual Responsibility
Series Name/Journal:Res Publica
Year of publishing :2022
Page range:125-148
Number of Pages:24
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 603 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion > Ethics
Keywords:Libertarianism, Non-aggression principle, Boundary-crossings, Individual emissions, Offsetting, Individual climate responsibility
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Web of Science (WoS)000659405300001
ID Code:27218
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:28 Feb 2022 11:25
Metadata Last Modified:28 Feb 2022 11:31

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