‘Natural Value’ and Social Justice

Andrew Dobson

in Justice and the Environment

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294955
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599071 | DOI:
 ‘Natural Value’ and Social Justice

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Examines the third conception of sustainability, involving the maintenance of ‘natural value’ into the future, for its compatibility with social justice. Substitutability is wholly rejected, as the original is to be preferred to any substitute, procedural justice is likely to be only very contingently compatible with the objective of sustaining natural value, and views of justice that are impartial as to views of the human good may often be at odds with sustaining natural value, as this objective is driven by a view of the good. All this explains why environmental activists and justice activists seem sometimes to speak past—rather than to—each other.

Keywords: impartiality; natural value; procedural justice; substitutability

Chapter.  9379 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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