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Intergenerational Justice$
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Axel Gosseries and Lukas H. Meyer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282951.001.0001

Enough for the Future

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(p.219) 8 Enough for the Future
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Intergenerational Justice
Author(s):

Lukas H. Meyer (Contributor Webpage)

Dominic Roser

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282951.003.0009

Reflecting the normative significance of specific features of intergenerational relations this chapter investigates the justice claims of future people vis-à-vis currently living people. It discusses sufficientarian and egalitarian conceptions of justice, and argues that a sufficientarian approach is appropriate in the intergenerational context. This conclusion is based, first, on the argument that by relying on a threshold conception of harm we can solve the non-identity problem and that there are good reasons to specify the relevant threshold in sufficientarian terms. Second, it is based upon an examination of reasons given for a sufficientarian understanding of global justice. These reasons are shown to speak even more strongly for a sufficientarian understanding of intergenerational justice.

Keywords:   intergenerational justice, non-identity problem, sufficientarianism, egalitarianism, distributive justice, welfare rights, future generations, conceptions of harm, threshold conception

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