Some theoretical foundations for radical green politics

Carter, A.B. (2004) Some theoretical foundations for radical green politics. Environmental Values, 13(3), pp. 305-328. (doi:10.3197/096327104323312707)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327104323312707

Abstract

On the basis of our apparent obligations to future generations, it would seem that we are morally obliged to reduce the risk our environmentally destructive behaviour poses for their well-being. But if, rather than choosing to destroy the environment, we are in fact driven to do so, then any obligation to reduce our environmental impact requires an understanding of the mechanism driving our behaviour. This article argues that the State-Primacy Theory provides a plausible explanation for the nature of that mechanism, and concludes that the most common strategies offered as a response to our environmental impact are most likely to be insufficiently radical to meet our seeming obligations effectively.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Prof Alan
Authors: Carter, A.B.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Environmental Values
ISSN:0963-2719
ISSN (Online):1752-7015

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