Oct. 3, 2013
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and democracy, climate science and society?

Dr. Kitcher is John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and the author of books on topics ranging from the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of biology, the growth of science, the role of science in society, naturalistic ethics, Wagner’s Ring and Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was also the first recipient of the Prometheus Prize, awarded by the American Philosophical Association for work in expanding the frontiers of Science and Philosophy. Notable publications include Science in a Democratic Society (Prometheus Books, 2011) and The Ethical Project (Harvard University Press, 2011).

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