SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Individuals, Existential Risk Prevention, and Moral Theories
(Ethics, )

A A realization of an existential risk causes much harm. That harm includes the lives ended by such an event. But it also includes the potential value that would come into existence in the absence of an existential catastrophe. Combining these considerations with a significant overall possibility of existential catastrophes occurring leads to the conclusion that preventing such scenarios should be a major project of humanity. The philosophical discussion surrounding existential risk prevention is mostly about incorporating it into policy making. However, what has yet been ignored is the role of individuals in the project of existential risk prevention. This presentation contributes to that part of the discussion. The first step of this talk is to motivate the claim that individuals should consider existential risk prevention in their moral deliberations as among possible consequences of individual acts are occurrences of existential catastrophes. For example, a single car ride could be the reason GHG threshold is exceeded and have a climate catastrophe as a result. Even given that such results are unlikely, it is important to consider such consequences as the amount of value at stake is huge.

Chair:
Time: 14:40-15:10, 11 September 2021 (Saturday)
Location: SR 1.005
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Benedikt Namdar  
(University of Graz , )



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