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Intergenerational Justice: A Primer

Institutions for Future Generations, Gosseries, A. & I. Gonzalez (eds.), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 17 May 2016  

Nicholas Vrousalis

Leiden University - Institute of Political Science

Date Written: May 15, 2016

Abstract

This chapter introduces the debate on justice across generations by connecting it with contemporary accounts of distributive justice. It explores the pattern, metric, and scope questions as they arise in the context of intergenerational distribution. The question of pattern is: how should we distribute whatever it is that justice is concerned with? The question of metric is: what is it that we should aim to distribute across, or preserve for, future generations? The question of scope is: over whom does justice apply? This chapter defends an egalitarian response to the pattern question, a pluralist response to the metric question, and an inclusive ‘chronopolitan’ response to the scope question. It also addresses the question of weak vs. strong sustainability and the problem of rights-ascription in the case of future people.

Keywords: Intergenerational Justice, Environmental Justice, Weak Sustainability, Chronopolitanism, Future Generations, Egalitarianism

JEL Classification: D63, D69, D64

Suggested Citation

Vrousalis, Nicholas, Intergenerational Justice: A Primer (May 15, 2016). Institutions for Future Generations, Gosseries, A. & I. Gonzalez (eds.), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2780111

Nicholas Vrousalis (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Institute of Political Science ( email )

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
PO Box 9555
Leiden, 2300 RB
Netherlands

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