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Fairness and FuturityEssays on Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice$
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Andrew Dobson

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294891.001.0001

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Social Justice and Environmental Goods 1

Social Justice and Environmental Goods 1

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(p.151) 6 Social Justice and Environmental Goods1
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Fairness and Futurity
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David Miller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294891.003.0007

David Miller grapples with the sustainability question in the context of liberal theories of justice. He believes that environmental goods are as appropriately related to theories of justice as any other type of good, but that no systematic attempt has been made to do so. He reaches this conclusion after examining the work of Ronald Dworkin and John Rawls. Miller argues that some environmental goods can be regarded as Rawlsian primary goods, and that others may possess sufficiently universal value to present few problems of justice. Where conflicts do occur, Miller suggests that a modified form of cost‐benefit analysis can be used to resolve disputes.

Keywords:   cost‐benefit analysis, Ronald Dworkin, environmental goods, justice, liberalism, primary goods, John Rawls, sustainability, universal value

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