Research

Published articles

(2019) After Katowice: Three Civil Society Strategies for Ratcheting Up Climate Ambition. Ethics and International Affairs (online exclusive, open access) January, 2019
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(2018) with Sinnott-Armstrong, W.  What’s wrong with joyguzzling? Ethical Theory and Moral Practice  (open-access pre-publication version).
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(2016) Clustering countries, changing climates: an NGO review to close the ambition gap. Ethics and International Affairs (online exclusive, open access)
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(2014) Climate justice and temporally remote emissions. Social Theory and Practice 40(2) 281-303.  (open access pre-publication draft  version)
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(2014) Climate change as a three-part ethical problem: A reply to  Jamieson and Gardiner. Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics. 20(4) 1129-148 (open access pre-publication version).
 

Works in Progress

Contact me (ewan.kingston@duke.edu) for drafts or discussion
 
Don’t say the E-Word: Why “exploitation” doesn’t matter in global production networks.
 
Boycotting the boycott? Are there moral constraints on conscientious consumption?
 
Collaborative filtering and justice: A case study in the ethics of artificial intelligence
 
Zhi and implicit knowledge in the Mengzi
 
Lessons from global ecology for AI safety

 

Dissertation

Bad goods?: Responsibility for regulation of global production networks.

People buy many products produced in ways that would be illegal or immoral if they occurred in developed countries. Call these “dirty” products. For example, one might buy products that have been produced by firms that clear-cut forests, intimidate labour organizers, or violate domestic health and safety or child labour laws in developing countries. On the other hand, many of the global poor rely on the employment opportunities that global production networks create, and developing countries see their low production costs as their comparative advantage to attract foreign investment and upgrade to higher stages of development. In this dissertation, I ask two related questions about dirty products. First, what kinds of flaws in global production networks are morally unacceptable from a global perspective? Second, to whom does the responsibility to remedy such flaws fall?

 

Public Philosophy

Consumer Responsibility and Obscurity.  Ethics and International Affairs. May 12, 2017
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Engaged Buddhism, Anger, and Retribution. Ethics and International Affairs. June 13, 2017

 

Book Reviews

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(2013). Review of Climate matters: Ethics for a Warming World by John Broome. Journal of Applied Philosophy 30(4) 395-396. (A pre-publication draft is here for those without access to the journal)
 

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