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Justice and Natural ResourcesAn Egalitarian Theory$
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Chris Armstrong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198702726.001.0001

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The Demands of Equality

The Demands of Equality

(p.62) 3 The Demands of Equality
Justice and Natural Resources

Chris Armstrong

Oxford University Press

This chapter clarifies the place that natural resources should have within an egalitarian theory, as one important set of advantages and disadvantages amongst many which drive access to wellbeing. It rejects some rival views which suggest that natural resources are the only things that matter from the point of view of distributive justice, or that natural resources or their value are the only thing we should distribute so as to bring us closer to equality. It claims instead that natural resources are, in a slogan, ‘tremendously important but nothing special’ as drivers of human wellbeing. It then draws out the implications of this view for important questions about natural resource appropriation, climate justice, and intergenerational justice.

Keywords:   global justice, climate justice, intergenerational justice, left-libertarianism, the resource curse, relationism, non-relationism

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