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Some Theoretical Foundations for Radical Green Politics

Alan Carter

Environmental Values 13(2004): 305-328. doi: 10.3197/096327104323312707

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.

KEYWORDS: State-primacy, environmentally hazardous dynamic, future generations, green political theory

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Can We Harm Future People? Alan Carter

On Harming Others: A Response to Partridge Alan Carter

Future Generations and Environmental Ethics. Lawrence E. Johnson

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

What is Degrowth? From an Activist Slogan to a Social Movement. Federico Demaria, Francois Schneider, Filka Sekulova and Joan Martinez-Alier

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