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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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Justice and the Environment

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Establishes that discourses of sustainability and justice may be related in three ways: the environment as something to be distributed; justice as functional for sustainability; ‘justice to the environment’. Eight theses on the relationship between justice and sustainability are developed. Two contrasting approaches to developing an overarching theory of justice that will be compatible with as many conceptions of environmental sustainability as possible are discussed: Peter Wenz's ‘concentric circles’ and Bryan Norton's ‘intergenerationalism’. A modified version of the latter is regarded as the best way of bringing social justice and environmental sustainability into discursive compatibility.

Keywords:   environmental sustainability, Bryan Norton, social justice, Peter Wenz

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