PHILOSOPHY OF CLIMATE SCIENCE
This course will explore philosophical questions about climate science. It will begin with central epistemological questions that arise in distinctive ways for climate science: e.g. questions concerning evidence in the historical sciences; the use of simplifying models of complex systems; and the interpretation of computer simulations. It will then broaden the picture by considering the interplay between perspectives emerging from difference sciences (e.g. ecology vs physics) and different varieties of expertise and practical knowledge; the place(s) and problems of values in climate science; choices concerning geoengineering and adaptation research; and scientific thinking about existential risk.