Contractarian approaches to intergenerational justice

  • In modern political philosophy social contract theory is the most prominent approach to individual rights and fair institutions. According to social contract theory the system of rights in a society ought to be justified by reconstructing its basic features as a contract between the mutually unconcerned members of society. This paper explores whether social contract theory can successfully be applied to justify rights of future generations. Three competing views are analysed: Rawls's theory of justice, Hobbes's radical liberalism and Gauthier's bargaining framework based on the Lockean proviso.

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Author:Hans-Peter Weikard
Series (Serial Number):Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge (Bd. 15)
Document Type:Monograph/Edited Volume
Year of Completion:1997
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2006/09/12
Source:Finanzwissenschaftliche Diskussionsbeiträge ; 15 / Lehrstuhl für Finanzwissenschaft, Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität Potsdam
RVK - Regensburg Classification:QL 000
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft