Darrel Moellendorf



Professor of Philosophy, San Diego State University, USA (Cal.)

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
June 2010; June/July 2011; August 2012−July 2013

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Climate Change and Justice«

Project outline:
Responding adequately to anthropogenic climate change is presently one of the most important tasks before humanity. Climate change raises a number of exceedingly important moral questions calling for appropriate policy responses. It is widely appreciated that this is the case, but exactly what the questions are and what it is reasonable to do in response is not well-understood. My research is aimed at providing clarity on some of the most important of these questions.

During my stay at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften I will be working primarily on a book manuscript. The book will be called Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy and will be published by Cambridge University Press. The book is intended for a wide audience of people interested in climate change policy. I will also be working on articles on just war theory and global justice. (Darrel Moellendorf)


Funding of the stay:
»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Scholarly profile of Darrel Moellendorf


Main areas of research:
Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy, especially global justice and climate change and morality

Selected publications:
  1. Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty, and Policy. Cambridge University Press (under contract).
  2. »Cosmopolitanism and Compatriot Duties«, The Monist 94 (4), 2011 (forthcoming).
  3. »Jus ex Bello in Afghanistan«, Ethics and International Affairs 25 (3), 2011, pp. 155-164.
  4. »A Right to Sustainable Development«, The Monist 94(3), 2011, pp.435-455
  5. »Why Global Inequality Matters«, Journal of Social Philosophy, 42 (1), 2011, pp. 99-109.
  6. Global Inequality Matters, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  7. Cosmopolitan Justice, Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 2002.

Further academic activities:
Darrel Moellendorf is Director of the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs at San Diego State University. Since the Winter term 2013/14 he is Professor of International Political theory at the Cluster of Excellence »The Formation of Normative Orders«.