Climate Change and Future Justice
Precaution, Compensation and Triage
Published October 19th 2011 by Routledge – 182 pages
Climate change creates unprecedented problems of intergenerational justice. What do members of the current generation owe to future generations in virtue of the contribution they are making to climate change?
Providing important new insights within the theoretical framework of political liberalism, Climate Change and Future Justice presents arguments in three key areas:
This work presents agenda-setting applications of important principles of democratic equality to the most serious set of political challenges ever faced by human society. It should be required reading for political theorists and environmental philosophers.
"With thoroughness and sophistication, [McKinnon] explores intergenerational justice in light of the current generation's contribution to climate change." - R. E. O'Connor, CHOICE, January 2013, Vol. 50 No. 05
1. Introduction 2. A Rawlsian Approach to Climate Change Justice 3. Precautions 4. Intergenerational Corrective Justice 5. The End of the World As We Know It: Catastrophes and Triage 6. Conclusion: Getting Motivated in the Last Chance Saloon
Catriona McKinnon is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Reading. She has published widely on many topics in contemporary political theory, including toleration, political liberalism, equality, and cosmopolitanism.