Justice between generations: investigating a sufficientarian approach
Page, Edward. (2007) Justice between generations: investigating a sufficientarian approach. Journal of Global Ethics, Vol.3 (No.1). pp. 3-20. ISSN 1744-9626
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449620600991960
A key concern of global ethics is the equitable distribution of benefits and burdens amongst persons belonging to different populations. Until recently, the philosophical literature on global distribution was dominated by the question of how benefits and burdens should be divided amongst contemporaries. Recent years, however, have seen an increase in research on the scope and content of our duties to future generations. This has led to a number of innovative attempts to extend principles of distribution across time while retaining a focus on the entitlements of the existing poor. In this article, I examine a key aspect of intergenerational justice, namely, the appropriate 'pattern' of well-being that should be obtained across generations. With the aid of research into the impacts of global climate change, I evaluate a number of rival accounts of the pattern of justice and go on to explore the merits of a 'global sufficientarian' ethic, which holds that as many persons as possible should enjoy a satisfactory level of well-being regardless of when or where they live.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Distributive justice, Intergenerational relations, Resource allocation, Welfare economics, Climactic changes -- Economic aspects, Equality|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Global Ethics|
|Official Date:||April 2007|
|Page Range:||pp. 3-20|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
Arneson, R. (1995) ‘Equality’, in A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, eds. R.E. Goodin and P. Petit, Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 489-507.
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