The Justice Dimension of Sustainability: A Systematic and General Conceptual Framework

Sustainability 2015, 7, 7438-7472; doi:10.3390/su7067438

35 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2015 Last revised: 18 Jun 2015

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Klara Helene Stumpf

Europa University Flensburg - Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design and Research; Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences

Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Christian U Becker

Colorado State University

Stefanie Sievers-Glotzbach

University of Oldenburg, Ecological Economics Group

Date Written: June 9, 2015

Abstract

We discuss how the normative dimension of sustainability can be captured in terms of justice. We (i) identify the core characteristics of the concept of sustainability and discuss underlying ethical, ontological and epistemological assumptions; (ii) introduce a general conceptual structure of justice for the analysis and comparison of different conceptions of justice; and (iii) employ this conceptual structure to determine the specific characteristics and challenges of justice in the context of sustainability. We demonstrate that sustainability raises specific and partly new challenges of justice regarding the community of justice, the judicandum, the informational base, the principles, and the instruments of justice.

Keywords: Conceptual structure of justice, epistemology, ontology, sustainability ethics, sustainability justice, sustainability science

Suggested Citation

Stumpf, Klara Helene and Baumgärtner, Stefan and Becker, Christian U. and Sievers-Glotzbach, Stefanie, The Justice Dimension of Sustainability: A Systematic and General Conceptual Framework (June 9, 2015). Sustainability 2015, 7, 7438-7472; doi:10.3390/su7067438, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2579346 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2579346

Klara Helene Stumpf (Contact Author)

Europa University Flensburg - Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design and Research ( email )

Auf dem Campus 1
Flensburg, 24943
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.norberteliascenter.de

Leuphana University of Lueneburg - Dept. of Sustainability Sciences ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.leuphana.de/klara-stumpf

Stefan Baumgärtner

University of Freiburg - Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( email )

Tennebacher Str. 4
Freiburg, 79106
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.ere.uni-freiburg.de

Christian U. Becker

Colorado State University ( email )

College of Business
Fort Collins, CO 80526
United States

Stefanie Sievers-Glotzbach

University of Oldenburg, Ecological Economics Group ( email )

Germany

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