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Obligations to future generations: a philosophical note

Pasek, J.; (1992) Obligations to future generations: a philosophical note. World Development , 20 (4) pp. 513-521. 10.1016/0305-750X(92)90040-3.

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The standard treatment in economics of the optimal allocation of resources over time usually pays little attention to various underlying value judgments concerning our obligations to future generations. Now that there appears to be a threat to the global environment this issue has been given more attention in philosophy. Some contemporary philosophers have considered how far existing theories of justice provide guidance on intergenerational justice, how far the latter raises special problems, and how to think about them. Although the discussion so far does not, of course, provide any simple answers it has clarified some of the moral dilemmas posed by considerations of intergenerational justice and suggested ways in which our moral intuitions can justify concern for the interests of future generations.

Type: Article
Title: Obligations to future generations: a philosophical note
DOI: 10.1016/0305-750X(92)90040-3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(92)90040-3
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18099
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