March 3, 2019

Moral offsetting bibliography

This is a non-exhaustive list of writings on or related to the idea of moral offsetting: the idea that good actions can offset bad actions in a way analogous to carbon offsetting. For example, a meat eater might try to offset his consumption of meat by donating to an animal welfare charity.

Published philosophical work

Blog posts


  • (now-defunct; archive link)
    • parodied carbon offsets by pretending to sell offsets for cheating on your partner
  • Kinsley (2007), ‘Credit for Bad Behavior’
    • compares carbon offsets to offsets for abusing your children