Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy: George Mason University. The Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy brings philosophical analysis – the examination of values and the clarification of concepts – to the discussion of pressing issues in public policy.

Gwynne Taraska

Interim Director (2013/2014)
Research Director

Areas of Specialization & Biography | Recent Publications | Upcoming & Recent Presentations


Areas of Specialization

International and U.S. climate mitigation and adaptation policy; energy policy, particularly natural gas policy; international climate negotiations; classical and nonclassical logics, including many-valued, free, and modal logics


Gwynne Taraska is the interim director and research director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, where she works on climate and energy policy. She is also a visiting fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Taraska specializes in international and U.S. climate mitigation and resilience policy. Her work on emissions mitigation has focused on natural gas use in the U.S. electricity sector and liquefied natural gas export scenarios. She also has expertise in international climate negotiations and recently has concentrated on the topics of addressing short-lived climate pollutants as well as loss and damage due to climate impacts in multilateral forums. Taraska’s current projects include work on adaptation market mechanisms.

Taraska received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she specialized in symbolic logics, specifically paraconsistent, paracomplete, and free logics.


Recent Publications

Taraska, G. & Shockley, K., eds. (2014). Normative and Conceptual Dimensions of the International Climate Negotiations. Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly.

Taraska, G. (2014). How to Make Sense of the Lima Talks. Newsweek.

Taraska, G. & Ogden, P. (2014). U.S. Must Do Its Part to Support Green Climate Fund. Huffington Post.

Taraska, G. & Ogden, P. (2014). Obama Must Deliver at Climate Fundraiser in Berlin. Responding to Climate Change (RTCC).

Taraska, G. & Light, A. (2014). Climate Change, Adaptation, and Climate-Ready Development Assistance. Environmental Values.

Taraska, G. (2013). Addressing Loss and Damage in Warsaw. Center for American Progress.


Recent Presentations

"How to Moderate Near-Term Arctic Warming: A Case for Addressing Black Carbon and Methane Emission," with Jesse Vogel. 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Lima, December 2014.

"Climate Ethics in the Trenches: A Case for Prioritizing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants," with Andrew Light. Climate Justice in a Non-Ideal World, Oxford University, January 2014.

"The role of natural gas in the pursuit of a zero-carbon economy: Facilitating a swift transition from coal to clean energy in the U.S. electricity sector." International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal. July 2013.

"A paraconsistent, paracomplete, and classically valued propositional logic." 4th World Conference and School on Universal Logic. Unilog 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. April 2013.

"A predicate calculus for disorderly domains: Paracomplete, paraconsistent, and free." Philosophy Colloquium. Department of Philosophy, George Mason University. March 21, 2013.

"The causal argument for climate-ready development adaptation." Fourth Annual Dutch Conference on Practical Philosophy, Eindhoven. November 2012.

"Climate change and the causal argument for development adaptation."  Buffalo Workshop on Ethics and Adaptation, University at Buffalo. March 2012.