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Title (Primary) A capability approach to intergenerational justice? Examining the potential of Amartya Sen's ethics with regard to intergenerational issues
Author Gutwald, R.; Leßmann, O.; Masson, T.; Rauschmayer, F.;
Journal Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
Year 2014
Department UPOL;
Volume 15
Issue 4
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T16; T19;
Keywords Capability approach; Well-being; Human development; Economic Development; Sustainability; Environment
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract The idea of intergenerational justice has practical consequences, not least because it is linked to the politically influential, wide-ranging concept of sustainable development. It also bears on several philosophical puzzles arising in the context of intergenerational justice. They need to be solved in order to establish a case for intergenerational obligations of justice. In this paper we shall examine Amartya Sen's capability approach in the light of these questions. In developing an account of human development, Sen's capability approach suggests a conception of some aspects of intragenerational justice, but not of intergenerational justice itself. This paper aims to close this gap in two steps: first, it identifies necessary elements of a theory of justice; second, and subsequently, it examines how successful the capability approach is in providing these elements.
ID 15369
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=15369
Gutwald, R., Leßmann, O., Masson, T., Rauschmayer, F. (2014):
A capability approach to intergenerational justice? Examining the potential of Amartya Sen's ethics with regard to intergenerational issues
J. Hum. Dev. Capab. 15 (4), 355 - 368