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http://hdl.handle.net/10150/186242
Title:
Justice between generations.
Author:
Wolf, John William Clark.
Issue Date:
1993
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Many of our common moral and political principles have paradoxical consequences when we try to use them to make comparisons between generations, or to guide the future-directed policy choices of the present generation. This dissertation is an attempt to take important steps toward the development of a theory of justice between generations as an extension of a standard liberal theory of justice. I approach the problem in the interest of developing a theory of present-day decision making, and attempt to develop a theory of the way in which the interests of future people should be taken into account in current decisions about social and energy policy. My argument proceeds largely within the limits of contemporary economic theory and contemporary theories of justice. However, I argue that our obligations to future people require that we revise our view of the role of economic theory as a tool for policy makers, and that we allow recognition of the moral significance of future persons to alter our conception of property rights in natural resources.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Dissertations, Academic.; Economics.; Political science.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Philosophy; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Feinberg, Joel

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleJustice between generations.en_US
dc.creatorWolf, John William Clark.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWolf, John William Clark.en_US
dc.date.issued1993en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractMany of our common moral and political principles have paradoxical consequences when we try to use them to make comparisons between generations, or to guide the future-directed policy choices of the present generation. This dissertation is an attempt to take important steps toward the development of a theory of justice between generations as an extension of a standard liberal theory of justice. I approach the problem in the interest of developing a theory of present-day decision making, and attempt to develop a theory of the way in which the interests of future people should be taken into account in current decisions about social and energy policy. My argument proceeds largely within the limits of contemporary economic theory and contemporary theories of justice. However, I argue that our obligations to future people require that we revise our view of the role of economic theory as a tool for policy makers, and that we allow recognition of the moral significance of future persons to alter our conception of property rights in natural resources.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectDissertations, Academic.en_US
dc.subjectEconomics.en_US
dc.subjectPolitical science.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePhilosophyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairFeinberg, Joelen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBuchanan, Allen E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHampton, Jeanen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9322772en_US
dc.identifier.oclc714899482en_US
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