Dr. Szentkirályi’s research interests bridge political theory with environmental policy, and broadly consist in environmental justice and the ethics of risk. His current book manuscript with Routledge, titled The Ethics of Precaution (Routledge 2019), explores why it is morally wrong for emitters to release substances into the environment whose health effects are uncorroborated. Contrary to convention, Dr. Szentkirályi argues that actions that create uncertain threats of environmental harm wrongfully gamble with the welfare of those who may be exposed, and that despite the lack of knowledge of the health effects of exposure, emitters are morally obligated to strive to prevent exposing others to potentially harmful emissions. This work has practical implications on national and global environmental policy reform, as well as broad theoretical implications on issues of human rights, justice, and climate ethics—implications that his current research projects explore.
theories of moral responsibility and the ethics of risk, environmental justice, food justice, theories of social justice, human rights, just war theory, teaching and learning