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Fairness and Futurity

Edited by Andrew Dobson

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294894
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599064 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294891.001.0001
Fairness and Futurity

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Contributors to this edited book consider the normative issues at stake in the relationship between environmental sustainability and social justice. If future generations are owed justice, what should we bequeath them? Is ‘sustainability’ an appropriate medium for environmentalists to express their demands? Is environmental protection compatible with justice within generations? Is environmental sustainability a luxury when social peace has broken down? The contested nature of sustainable development is considered––is it a useful concept at all any longer? Is it reconcilable with capital accumulation? Liberal––particularly Rawlsian––and socialist notions of justice are tested against the demands of sustainability, and policy instruments for sustainability––such as environmental taxation––are examined for their distributive effects.

Keywords: distribution; environmental sustainability; environmentalism; generations; John; liberalism; policy; Rawls; social justice; socialism; sustainable development

Book.  340 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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