Climate change, fundamental interests, and global justice

Knight, C. (2016) Climate change, fundamental interests, and global justice. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 19(5), pp. 629-644. (doi:10.1080/13698230.2016.1183755)

Knight, C. (2016) Climate change, fundamental interests, and global justice. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 19(5), pp. 629-644. (doi:10.1080/13698230.2016.1183755)

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Abstract

Political philosophers commonly tackle the issue of climate change by focusing on fundamental interests as a basis for human rights. This approach struggles, however, in cases where one set of fundamental interests requires one course of action, and another set of fundamental interests requires a contradictory course of action. This article advances an alternative response to climate change based on an account of global justice that gives weight to utilitarian, prioritarian, and luck egalitarian considerations. A practical application of this pluralistic account is provided, which shows that it handles trade-offs between individuals’ interests in an appealing way and that it supports an aggressive policy of climate change mitigation. This account provides a more plausible justification for rights against the harms of climate change.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knight, Dr Carl
Authors: Knight, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1369-8230
ISSN (Online):1743-8772
Published Online:03 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19(5): 629-644
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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