Research

Steve’s current research focuses on global environmental problems (especially climate change), future generations, and virtue ethics.

Steve is the author A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change (Oxford, 2011), co-author of Debating Climate Ethics (Oxford, 2016), co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics (Oxford, 2016), coordinating co-editor of Climate Ethics: Essential Readings (Oxford, 2011), and editor of Virtue Ethics: Old and New (Cornell, 2005).  He has also published articles on climate justice, geoengineering, the precautionary principle in international law, nuclear protection, Aristotle’s doctrine of the unity of the virtues, and Socrates’ pessimism about politics.  Some have appeared in leading journals – such as Ethics, Environmental Values, Journal of Political Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy and Public Affairs – while others have been published in important edited volumes.  A number have been reprinted in standard textbooks and collections.  (For downloads, see ‘Links’.)

Much of Steve’s work has a broad and interdisciplinary audience.  For example, it has been cited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Research Council’s report on America’s Climate Choices, and the U.K. Treasury’s Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.  He has also been interviewed by China Radio International, Der Standard (Austria), National Public Radio, the Seattle Times, the Sunday Times (of London), Volkskrant (the Netherlands), the Washington Post, and the Weather Channel.