Care, Uncertainty and Intergenerational Ethics

Hardcover | November 28, 2014

byChristopher Groves

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In an age where issues like climate change and the unintended consequences of technological innovation are high on the ethical and political agenda, questions about the nature and extent of our responsibilities to future generations have never been more important, yet simultaneously so difficult to answer. This book takes a unique approach to the problem by drawing on diverse traditions of thinking about care (including developmental psychology, phenomenology and feminist ethics) to explore the nature and meaning of our relationship with the future. Demonstrating that many influential perspectives on intergenerational ethics, including positions advanced by John Rawls, Brian Barry, and Ulrich Beck are undermined by problems relating to uncertainty, it shows that an approach based on care ethics can confront the uncertain future successfully and give a viable account of the nature and scope of future-oriented responsibilities.

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In an age where issues like climate change and the unintended consequences of technological innovation are high on the ethical and political agenda, questions about the nature and extent of our responsibilities to future generations have never been more important, yet simultaneously so difficult to answer. This book takes a unique appr...

Christopher Groves' work focuses on how people and institutions negotiate and deal with an intrinsically uncertain future. He has published widely on intergenerational ethics, the regulation of emerging technologies, and the sociology and politics of risk and uncertainty. He is co-author with Barbara Adam of Future Matters: Action, Kn...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.83 × 5.68 × 0.87 inPublished:November 28, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230358845

ISBN - 13:9780230358843

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART I

1. Introduction: Responsibility and Reflexive Uncertainty

2. The Limits of Intergenerational Justice

3. The Limits of Precaution

4. Administrative Imaginaries and Intergenerational Ethics

PART II

5. Care and Uncertain Futures

6. Normative Implications of Care

7. Towards a Political Morality of Uncertainty

8. Horizons of Care