Andrew Dobson

in Justice and the Environment

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294955
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599071 | DOI:

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Establishes that discourses of sustainability and justice may be related in three ways: the environment as something to be distributed; justice as functional for sustainability; ‘justice to the environment’. Eight theses on the relationship between justice and sustainability are developed. Two contrasting approaches to developing an overarching theory of justice that will be compatible with as many conceptions of environmental sustainability as possible are discussed: Peter Wenz's ‘concentric circles’ and Bryan Norton's ‘intergenerationalism’. A modified version of the latter is regarded as the best way of bringing social justice and environmental sustainability into discursive compatibility.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; Bryan Norton; social justice; Peter Wenz

Chapter.  8642 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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