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Atmospheric JusticeA Political Theory of Climate Change$
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Steve Vanderheiden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334609.001.0001

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Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice

Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice

(p.111) 4 Climate Change and Intergenerational Justice
Atmospheric Justice

Steve Vanderheiden (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the extension of egalitarian justice theory to relations between generations (or intergenerational justice), as climate change likewise has effects upon future generations that are regarded as giving rise to claims of intergenerational justice. Two main challenges to this extension of justice principles are considered: the problems associated with the difficulty in using egalitarian principles to make interpersonal comparisons among non-contemporaries, and the fact that it is apparently impossible for current policy decisions to harm specific persons in the future, given what Parfit terms the non-identity problem. It defends a foundation for obligations to futurity by appealing to the idea of foresight, which allows persons to reasonably predict the future effects of current actions, and thereby to account for them ethically.

Keywords:   intergenerational justice, non-identity problem, foresight, futurity

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