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Nov 23
15:00 - 17:00
The Rationality of Climate Change Skeptics
Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture
Professor Neil Levy (University of Oxford / Macquarie University)

Abstract: The central tenets of anthropogenic global warming - that warming is occurring, that it is human induced and that it is a very serious problem - are uncontroversial among scientists. Yet the general public are divided on the issue. In this lecture, I will argue that both sides of the debate are acting rationally. We cannot settle difficult scientific questions ourselves. Instead, we have to rely on the testimony of people who are better informed than we are. We filter testimony in various ways, looking for signs of competence and trustworthiness. Both sides are filtering testimony appropriately. The rationality of accepting a claim dissociates from its truth.

Location

Lecture Theatre 2,
Keynes College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NP
United Kingdom
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Contact: Dr Camilla Kong
E: C.E.H.Kong@kent.ac.uk
SECL

Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 19/12/2013