Ethics, Policy and Environment 20 (3):251-254 (2017)

Curren and Metzger develop a normative account of sustainability without prejudging the relationships between sustainability and global justice. This commentary propounds an alternative methodology whereby sustainability principles are determined in conjunction with principles of global justice. I suggest this methodology is better equipped to address two issues Living well raises. First, the authors’ sufficiency view involves an inescapable tension between permitting a generation to consume more than the threshold of opportunities to live well and securing an equivalent threshold for other generations. Addressing this tension requires an account of how much is owed to the current generation. Second, their third principle of sustainability ethics establishes a duty to ‘seek fair terms of cooperation conducive to sustainability’. Fleshing out this principle requires an account of the fair distribution of the burdens of transitioning to a sustainable world and of the extent to which the existing distribution of goods falls short of justice.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/21550085.2017.1374046
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,316
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Global Economy, Justice and Sustainability.Nigel Dower - 2004 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 7 (4):399-415.
Coercion and Justice.Laura Valentini - 2011 - American Political Science Review 105 (1):205-220.
Framing Food Justice.J. Michael Scoville - 2015 - In Jill Dieterle (ed.), Just Food: Philosophy, Justice and Food. New York: Rowman & Littlefield International. pp. 3-20.
Disaggregating Global Justice.Helena de Bres - 2013 - Social Theory and Practice 39 (3):422-448.
Global Health Justice and Governance.Jennifer Prah Ruger - 2012 - American Journal of Bioethics 12 (12):35-54.
Global Justice, Global Institutions.Daniel M. Weinstock (ed.) - 2007 - University of Calgary Press.
Principles or Imagination? Two Approaches to Global Justice.Mark Coeckelbergh - 2007 - Journal of Global Ethics 3 (2):203 – 221.


Added to PP index

Total views
12 ( #812,725 of 2,519,507 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #407,153 of 2,519,507 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes