Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 1049–1051 | Cite as

Henry Shue, Climate Justice: Vulnerability and Protection

Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0-19-871370-8, xii + 342 pp. + index, £40.00 (hardback)
  • Alexandre Gajevic Sayegh

Climate Justice collects 17 articles published between 1992 and 2013. In readable and accessible fashion, Henry Shue tackles some of the most vital questions at the intersection of climate change and distributive justice. This book will prove useful to moral and political philosophers seeking an overview to some of the central debates in climate ethics, as well to those in the fields of environmental studies and climate policy looking for an insightful ethical analysis about our changing climate. The book opens with a thought-provoking introduction, which outlines the chapters and the evolution of Shue’s position over time. As a collection of articles, the freestanding chapters offer the possibility of jumping from chapter to chapter, so as to focus on particular topics. However, the book as a whole offers a comprehensive and powerful theory of climate justice.

The book is remarkable in its constant effort to mix real world strategies with moral principles. Shue believes, rightly in my...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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