Extinction and Risk
John William Draper
University of Pennsylvania
April 11, 2014
U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-24
U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-14
This is an early portion of a forthcoming work of practical moral philosophy, one arguing that humanity, as a species, should want to survive. This particular piece argues that neo-classical economics places an emphasis on short-term gain over precaution and in doing so places lives of individual humans — and even the species itself — at risk. We need to change our economic principles and priorities — if we want to survive.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 92
Keywords: Risk, law and economics, markets, environment, unrestricted cost-benefit analysis, CBA, regulation, discounting, incommensurability, consent, moral fairness, subjectivity, maximization, risk society, irreversibility, precautionary principle, feasible risk reduction
JEL Classification: A11, A12, A13, D11, D61, D63, D81, K10, P17, Q20, Q30
Date posted: March 28, 2012 ; Last revised: April 11, 2014
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