Seminar: What is the least we should do about climate change?

This event is unfortunately cancelled

  • Starts:15:00, 10 November 2022
  • Ends:17:30, 10 November 2022
  • Location:Campus Oslo, room A2-095
  • Price:Free
  • Enrolment deadline:05.11.2022 12:00
  • Contact:Morten Kinander or Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen (morten.kinander@bi.no or caroline.d.ditlev-simonsen@bi.no)

Unfortunately this event is cancelled. We apologies for the inconvenience.


Developing an appropriate moral response to the problem of climate change is complicated by the fact that the policies adopted now will have effects in the very distant future. When dealing with temporally extended decision problems, many traditional moral theories recommend courses of action that are either overdemanding, in that they impose crushing burdens on present generations, or else underdemanding, in that they permit us to continue with business as usual. In this presentation, Joseph Heath will explore some of the qualities that a moral theory should have if it is to impose reasonable demands in the present.


  • Time
  • Title
  • Welcome

  • What is the least we should do about climate change?

    • Joseph Heath, University of Toronto
  • Commentator

    • Geir Asheim, UiO
  • Spontaneous comment from a climate activist

    • Jorgen Randers, Handelshøyskolen BI
  • Questions and discussions

  • Mingling with tapas and wine

    Location: staff restaurant on the 7th floor


Joseph Heath

Joseph Heath is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto as well as the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.  

His unusually broad research interests cover a host of topics, ranging from public administration and climate change policy to critical theory and rule-following. He is the author of several books, Communicative Action and Rational Choice (2001), Following the Rules: Practical Reasoning and Deontic Constraint (2008), and Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to our Politics, our Economy, and our Lives (2014), which won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize.

His most recent books include, The Machinery of Government (2020), the first book-length philosophical treatment of the “ethics of public administration” and Philosophical Foundations of Climate Change Policy (2021), which addresses how governments should respond to climate change. He is in Oslo to deliver the prestigious Grimen lecture at OsloMet on the subject of “Anodyne Privatization.”

Geir Asheim

Professor Asheim is a professor of economics. His main research interests are green budgets and intergenerational theories of justice.