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Justice and the EnvironmentConceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Theories of Distributive Justice$
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Andrew Dobson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294956.001.0001

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‘Irreversibility’ and Social Justice

‘Irreversibility’ and Social Justice

(p.165) 6 ‘Irreversibility’ and Social Justice
Justice and the Environment

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Considers the second conception of environmental sustainability, in which ‘irreversible nature’ (such as species) is the thing to be sustained into the future. In Ch. 5, it was pointed out that social justice and sustainability are at odds over the issue of substitutability, and the same is increasingly true in this new context. In addition, theories of justice that are impartial as to views of the good for humans will probably be incompatible with the ‘irreversible‐nature’ conception of sustainability, as it seems to entail just such a view of the good.

Keywords:   environmental sustainability, species, social justice, substitutability, the good for humans

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