Disaster ethics

Flooding in New Orleans the day after hurricane Katrina struck the area.
Flooding in New Orleans the day after hurricane Katrina struck the area.

I’ve been thinking recently about these and other questions which fall under the heading “disaster ethics.”  Here’s a short blog post on the What’s Wrong blog summarizing some of these thoughts:

Why Not Privatize Disaster Response?: The Political Significance of Unnatural Disasters

For longer essays, see:

“Rebuilding after Disaster: Inequality and the Political Importance of Place,” Social Theory and Practice.

Price Gouging and the Duty of Easy Rescue,” Economics & Philosophy.

In Fall 2017 I worked on this project while a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Values and Social Policy in the University of Colorado at Boulder Philosophy department.

As part of this Fellowship, I participated in a public panel on Disaster and Vulnerability with Emmanuel David and Lori Peek, both of U Colorado Boulder, and presented a paper at the CVSP titled: “Disaster Recovery and The Political Importance of Place.”

Here’s a livestream video (on Old Dominion University’s IEPA Facebook page) of a public lecture I gave on price gouging in October 2018.