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Author Fujijohnson, Genevieve
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Publisher Université de Montréal
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Date Created 2008-06-04
Copyright Year ©2006
Language English ♦ French
Subject Domain (in LCC) BJ1-1725
Subject Keyword Psychology ♦ Future generations ♦ Environmental policies ♦ Applied ethics ♦ Ethics ♦ Philosophy ♦ Deliberative democracy ♦ Religion
Abstract Because public policy is legally binding and, perhaps more pointedly, can have pervasive social and environmental consequences for the autonomy of persons, it should be justifiable to those it could so affect. What is much more controversial, and what constitutes the basic intuitive claim of this exploratory paper, is that certain public policies should be morally justifiable to both existing and future persons. My concern is with policies in such areas as energy, climate change control, nuclear waste management, natural resources management, and genomics research and commercialization, which can no doubt improve our lives and our descendant’s lives, but which can also result in tremendous adverse effects for centuries to come. In this short paper, I suggest that the ideal of deliberative democracy provides a way of morally justifying such policies to both existing and future generations. If we take seriously the requirements of this ideal, we may have to modify our public reasoning so that it includes reasons that are generally acceptable among contemporaries as well as reasons that would be acceptable to posterity. The suggestion I make in this paper is thatintegral to the ideal of deliberative democracy in the transgenerational contextis a future-oriented and precautionary public reasoning.
ISSN 17189977
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2006-05-01
e-ISSN 17189977
Journal Les Ateliers de l’Ethique
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 1
Page Count 7
Starting Page 81
Ending Page 87


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