Would It Be Unethical to Dump Radioactive Wastes in the Ocean? The Surprising Implications of the Person-Altering Consequences of Policies

Ecology Law Currents, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2008

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 327

10 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2016

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Gregory S. Crespi

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This article examines whether policy-making is constrained by ethical obligations to future generations. While there is broad consensus that we have ethical obligations to implement policies that benefit distant future generations, the author deems it impossible to formulate a satisfactory rationale for this position based solely on conventional ethical premises. The author reaches this conclusion after considering the ethical implications of the pervasiveness of person-altering consequences.

Keywords: Policymaking, Ethical Issues, Future Generations, Ethical Obligations, Person-Altering Consequences, Conventional Ethical Premises

Suggested Citation

Crespi, Gregory S., Would It Be Unethical to Dump Radioactive Wastes in the Ocean? The Surprising Implications of the Person-Altering Consequences of Policies (2008). Ecology Law Currents, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2008, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 327, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849210

Gregory S. Crespi (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
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