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Nuclear Waste Management and Legitimacy

Nihilism and Responsibility

By Mats Andrén

Routledge – 2012 – 104 pages

Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

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Description

Nuclear technology places special demands on society and both nuclear weapons and nuclear energy for peaceful purposes require a large measure of security and monitoring at the international level.

This book focuses on nuclear waste management, which can work in democratic countries only if viewed as legitimate by the population. This book posits the inability of democracies to establish such legitimacy as an explanation for the current absence of public policy decisions that can identify a solution. The problems are such that they can be resolved only if fundamental aspects of the modern notion of legitimacy are set aside.

Contents

Introduction: a Faustian Bargain 1. Elusive Legitimacy 2. Legitimacy and Ethics 3. God is Dead: Nihilism or Responsibility 4. The Uncomfortable Legitimacy 5. Moral Culture and the Formulation of Norms Conclusion: Legitimacy without Responsibility

Author Bio

Mats Andrén is Professor of History of Ideas and Science, at the Department for Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg

Name: Nuclear Waste Management and Legitimacy: Nihilism and Responsibility (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Mats Andrén. Nuclear technology places special demands on society and both nuclear weapons and nuclear energy for peaceful purposes require a large measure of security and monitoring at the international level. This book focuses on nuclear waste management, which...
Categories: Environment & Philosophy, Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, Environmental Economics, Environmental Politics, Political Ecology, Ecological Economics