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Ethics, Philosophy and Value Theory


A video by John Broome, University of Oxford, on how ethics and philosophy impacts climate change policies. This video discusses the influence of philosophy on decision making and how it can specifically bring a paradigm shift in climate-related policy making.

Students will be introduced to philosophical concepts such as moral philosophy, value theory, decision theory, and intuition of neutrality. They will also learn how to use these theories in climate change decision making related to economic policies. Additionally, students will also learn how incorrect interpretation of certain philosophical thought leads to errors in value judgements.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How does philosophy influence climate change decision making?
  2. What is value theory? How can it be used to understand the value of climate related human deaths?
  3. How does ‘intuition of neutrality’ lead to amoral policy making?
About Tool
Tool Name John Broome | Climate change ethics: Life and death
Discipline Humanities
Topic(s) in Discipline Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Ethics, Public Policy, Value Theory, Decision Theory
Climate Topic Climate and Society 
Type of tool Video (59 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by John Broome, University of Oxford
Hosted at Stanford ENERGY channel on YouTube 
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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