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Intergenerational Justice

Axel Gosseries and Lukas H. Meyer

Abstract

Is it fair to leave the next generation a public debt? Is it defensible to impose legal rules on them through constitutional constraints? From combating climate change to ensuring proper funding for future pensions, concerns about ethics between generations are everywhere. In this book sixteen philosophers explore intergenerational justice. Part One examines the ways in which various theories of justice look at the matter. These include libertarian, Rawlsian, sufficientarian, contractarian, communitarian, Marxian, and reciprocity-based approaches. In Part Two, the chapters look more specifical ... More

Keywords: legal rules, climate change, future pensions, intergenerational justice, population dimension, education, intergenerational obligations, constitutional devices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199282951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282951.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Axel Gosseries, editor
Université Catholique de Louvain
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Lukas H. Meyer, editor
University of Graz, Austria
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