Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice

Paperback | March 1, 1999

EditorAndrew Dobson

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Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice brings together leading international figures in political theory and sociology, as well as representatives from the political community, to consider the normative issues at stake in the relationship betweenenvironmental sustainability and social justice. It raises important questions and sets out to provide the answers. If future generations are owed justice, what should we bequeath them? Is `sustainability' an appropriate medium for environmentalists to express their demands? Is environmental protection compatible with intra-generational justice?Is environmental sustainability a luxury when social peace has broken down? These essays emerged from three intensive seminars that involved participants in constant re-evaluations of their work, and which bought three distinct groups--environmental theorists, `mainstream' political theorists, and policy community members--into fruitful contact. In particular, the attemptto involve `mainstream' theorists in environmental questions, and to encourage environmentalists to use intellectual resources of political theory, should be highlighted.

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Fairness and Futurity: Essays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice brings together leading international figures in political theory and sociology, as well as representatives from the political community, to consider the normative issues at stake in the relationship betweenenvironmental sustainability and social justice. ...

Andrew Dobson is at Keele University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:March 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198294894

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Andrew Dobson: IntroductionPART ONE1. Michael Jacobs: Sustainable Development as a Contested Concept2. Alan Holland: Sustainability: Should We Start from Here?PART TWO3. Wilfred Beckerman: Sustainable Development and Our Obligations to Future4. Brian Barry: Sustainability and Intergenerational Justice5. Bryan Norton: Ecology and Opportunity: Intergenerational Equity and Sustainable Options6. David Miller: Social Justice and Environmental Goods7. Marcel Wissenburg: An Extension of the Rawlsian Savings Principle to Liberal Theories of Justice in General8. Ted Benton: Sustainable Development and Accumulation of Capital: Reconciling the IrreconcilablePART THREE9. Stephen Tindale and Chris Hewett: Must the Poor pay More? Sustainable Development, Social Justice, and Environmental Taxation10. Koos Neefjes: Ecological Degradation: A Cause for Conflict, a Concern for SurvivalIndex

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`many an idea lies fallow until its time has come and collections like this from leaders in the field may well be the seed-beds which will in time produce the new green shoots that we all have no doubt that we need.'I. G. Simmons, International Journal of Environmental Studies 2000 Vol.57