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Justice and the Environment: Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability and Theories of Distributive Justice

Andrew Dobson


Environmental sustainability and social, or distributive, justice are both widely regarded as desirable social objectives. But can we assume that they are compatible with each other? This book analyses the complex relationship between these two pressing objectives. Environmental sustainability is taken to be a contested idea, and three distinct conceptions of it are explored and described. These conceptions are then examined in the context of fundamental distributive questions. Among whom or what should distribution take place? What should be distributed? What should the principle of distribut ... More

Keywords: environmental justice, environmental sustainability, intergenerational justice, nature, social justice, sustainable development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198294955
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198294956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dobson, author
Keele University
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