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Justice and the EnvironmentConceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Theories of Distributive Justice$
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Andrew Dobson

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294956.001.0001

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Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability

Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability

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(p.33) 2 Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability
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Justice and the Environment
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Andrew Dobson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294956.003.0003

Three conceptions of environmental sustainability are described and assessed. These take the form of a typology produced by a survey of the different answers to the generic questions common to any conception of environmental sustainability. One way of characterizing these conceptions is in terms of a spectrum running from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. Sustainable development is presented as an anthropocentric version of environmental sustainability.

Keywords:   anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, environmental sustainability, sustainable development

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