Climate Justice: Why the Past Matters in Conflicting Ways, Lukas Meyer and Pranay Sanklecha, University of Graz


Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 4:30pm to 5:45pm


Louis A. Simpson International Building, Room A71

Lukas Meyer and Pranay Sanklecha will discuss whether past emissions are relevant when allocating the remaining global carbon budget between nations. People in high-emitting countries have legitimate expectations to continue their ways of life. The highly unequal levels of past emissions also should matter regarding how they benefit and harm living and future people. Meyer and Sanklecha argue that when one claims that the inequality of past emissions are relevant to determining future allocation, one also should accept the expectations of individuals in historically high-emitting countries.

Lukas H. Meyer is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Graz, Austria. Since 2014 Meyer has been the Speaker of the inter-faculty and interdisciplinary doctoral programme on climate change, funded by the Austrian Science Fund. He also served as a lead author of the IPCC (5th Assessment Report, WG III, ch. 3). His recent publications include Climate Change and Historical Emissions, edited with Pranay Sanklecha, Cambridge UP 2017. Meyer is a founding editor of the journal Moral Philosophy and Politics (de Gruyter). For more information see

Pranay Sanklecha is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Graz, Austria. He works in ethics and political philosophy, and is currently working on a book on the meaning of life, and how to live we don’t know what it is. Recent publications include "Our obligations to future generations: the limits of intergenerational justice and the necessity of the ethics of metaphysics," in the Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2017. For more information see