Social Justice and Environmental Goods <sup>1</sup>

David Miller

in Fairness and Futurity

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294894
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599064 | DOI:
 Social Justice and Environmental Goods  1

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David Miller grapples with the sustainability question in the context of liberal theories of justice. He believes that environmental goods are as appropriately related to theories of justice as any other type of good, but that no systematic attempt has been made to do so. He reaches this conclusion after examining the work of Ronald Dworkin and John Rawls. Miller argues that some environmental goods can be regarded as Rawlsian primary goods, and that others may possess sufficiently universal value to present few problems of justice. Where conflicts do occur, Miller suggests that a modified form of cost‐benefit analysis can be used to resolve disputes.

Keywords: cost‐benefit analysis; Ronald Dworkin; environmental goods; justice; liberalism; primary goods; John Rawls; sustainability; universal value

Chapter.  8721 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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