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Why Posterity Matters : Environmental Policies and Future Generations - Avner De-Shalit

Why Posterity Matters

Environmental Policies and Future Generations

Hardcover Published: 15th December 1994
ISBN: 9780415100182
Number Of Pages: 176

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For many years the environment has been treated as a free commodity, but it has become clear that we cannot continue to exploit the environment without incurring great costs for our as well as future generations. "Why Posterity Matters" is the first comprehensive philosophical examination that explores our duties to future generations. It raises moral questions about intergenerational distribution or the relations between people who live in different times.
"Why Posterity Matters" argues that our obligations to our progency are a matter of "justice" and that we must consider them when we make decisions which effect their environment. The arguement extends from a communitarian' theory which states that the concept of a transgenerational community--one which extends from the past to the future--is not only morally desirable but justifys a belief in our obligations to future generations. In "Why Posterity Matters" Dr. de-Shalit sets forward the idea that the theory of intergenerational justice is not only a possibility, but that it must serve as the moral basis for our environmental policies.

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"You, dear future generations, if you are not bigger seekers of justice and peace, if you are not wiser than we are, then to hell! Yours, the late Albert Einstein." -Albert Einstein

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
The Transgenerational Communityp. 13
Applications of the Theoryp. 51
The Utilitarian Theory and the Not-Yet-Bornp. 66
Contractarian Theories of Intergenerational Justicep. 87
Rights of Future Peoplep. 112
Summary and Open Questionsp. 123
Notesp. 138
Bibliographyp. 144
Indexp. 156
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ISBN: 9780415100182
ISBN-10: 0415100186
Series: Environmental Philosophies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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