[SydPhil] Notification: Christian Barry, "Offsetting and Accountable Harm" @ Wed 23 Mar 2022 15:30 - 17:00 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Christian Barry, "Offsetting and Accountable Harm"
Offsetting and Accountable HarmCo-authored with Garrett  
Cullity https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/88068458936Under what conditions  
can we justify actions which impose risk on some group of people on the  
grounds that they belong to a set of actions that, together, do  
not impose risk on that same group of people? Answering this question is  
important for evaluating various practices, including the practice of  
offsetting carbon emissions. We've recently defended an answer to this  
question, which carries the practical implication that whether emitting and  
offsetting is permissible can depend on the form that the offsetting takes.  
If you offset by sequestering, such that you remove as much carbon from the  
atmosphere as you put in (for example by planting trees), then according to  
our view you can successfully offset. But when you offset by  
forestalling—preventing others from putting additional carbon into the  
atmosphere (for example by paying them not to emit, or providing them with  
more energy efficient stoves), you typically cannot. After explaining our  
view and considering some objections that others have presented to it, we  
introduce and discuss an important distinction between various harms to  
which your conduct can be causally related.
When: Wed 23 Mar 2022 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Online
Calendar: Seminars
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