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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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‘Natural Value’ and Social Justice

‘Natural Value’ and Social Justice

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(p.216) 7 ‘Natural Value’ and Social Justice
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Justice and the Environment
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Andrew Dobson (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294956.003.0008

Examines the third conception of sustainability, involving the maintenance of ‘natural value’ into the future, for its compatibility with social justice. Substitutability is wholly rejected, as the original is to be preferred to any substitute, procedural justice is likely to be only very contingently compatible with the objective of sustaining natural value, and views of justice that are impartial as to views of the human good may often be at odds with sustaining natural value, as this objective is driven by a view of the good. All this explains why environmental activists and justice activists seem sometimes to speak past—rather than to—each other.

Keywords:   impartiality, natural value, procedural justice, substitutability

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