Paul J Bowman

PhD, Philosophy (University of Colorado Boulder, 2017); MS, Environmental Studies (University of Colorado Boulder, 2018).

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies, working on the project “Climate ethics and future generations.”

My research primarily focuses on the ethics of global climate change. In my dissertation, I examine whether and to what extent agents (both individual persons and states) have incurred duties of corrective justice to bear the costs associated with climate change. I argue that many agents have incurred such duties in virtue of having wrongfully contributed to climate change-induced harms and threats of future harm. Moreover, I argue that these duties are considerably more extensive than theorists have previously argued or assumed. At Institute for Futures Studies, I am continuing to work on questions of climate change and corrective justice, including the question of whether and to what extent members of the current generation owe duties of corrective justice to future generations.

My research also addresses normative and conceptual questions that are more directly relevant to climate change policy. For example, I am currently working on a project in which I examine how the concept of climate change adaptation should be understood in the context of international climate policy under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.