Intergenerational Rights?

Intergenerational Justice Review 1 (1) (2009)
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Abstract

Past injustices demand a response if they have led to present deprivation. But skeptica arthe that there is no need to introduce a self-contained concept of 'historical justice' as our general concepts of justice provide all the necessary resources to deal with present inequalities. A rights-based approach to intergenerational issues has some advantages when compared to rival approaches: those based on intergenerational community; for example; or on obligations deriving from traditional continuity. While it is possible to ascribe rights to beings who are not presently in existence; the case for ascribing rights to future generations is much stronger than for past generations.

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