Climate Change and the Humanities

Days: Wednesdays

Time: 19:00 ~ 21:00

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Climate science can tell us what the probable effects of a certain amount of CO₂ in the atmosphere are, but predicting how much CO₂ we are going to emit is outside its scope. That question belongs to the humanities and social sciences instead. Similarly, many other related questions do not belong to climate science, but to the humanities and social sciences – to philosophy, history, literature, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, and so forth. These are the kinds of questions that will be discussed in this course, but to do that well some understanding of the current state of the science of climate change is needed, so that is where the course will start.

Teacher: Dr. Lajos Brons

Lajos Brons received a PhD degree from the department of geography of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2005 for a multidisciplinary thesis. Most of his research and publications of the past decade have been in philosophy. Since 2012 he has been teaching Logic, Ethics, and Introduction to Philosophy at Lakeland University Japan. Lajos blogs about philosophy, economics, climate change, and related topics. For more information about his research and publications, as well as his blog, see www.lajosbrons.net