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Virtue Theory Approach in Philosophical Analysis of Climate Change

Student: Anton Dolmatov

Supervisor: Anastasia V. Ugleva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philosophical Anthropology (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2020

Climate change is a morally significant fact about the world. The global warming is very likely to harm many people, possible all future people. This should be a reason to change the global energy policy. But is it a reason for individuals to change their lifestyles as well, given that carbon footprint of any single person is insignificantly small to have any perceptible effect on the climate system? In this work I positively answer this question. I consider a composite theory of consequentialism as the criterion of the right action and virtue ethics as the theory of decision-making as its parts. I also examine Aristotelian virtue ethics as well as contemporary virtue epistemology.

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