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Contractarian Approaches to Intergenerational Justice

Hans-Peter Weikard
ARSP: Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie / Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy
Vol. 84, No. 3 (1998), pp. 383-391
Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23680579
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

In modern political philosophy social contract theory is the most prominent approach to individual rights and fair institutions. According to social contract theory the system of rights in a society ought to be justified by reconstructing its basic features as a contract between the mutually unconcerned members of society. This paper explores whether social contract theory can successfully be applied to justify rights of future generations. Three competing views are analysed: Rawls's theory of justice, Hobbes's radical liberalism and Gauthier's bargaining framework based on the Lockean proviso.

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