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Liberalism and the Environment

Andrew Vincent

Environmental Values 7(1998): 443-459. doi: 10.3197/096327198129341663

The article scrutinises the complex relation between late twentieth century liberal and environmental thought. It concludes that if the key values of contemporary liberal and environmental thought are compared then the prognosis looks gloomy. There are implicit and deep tensions over most value questions. In order to provide a coherent focus for this analysis, the paper addresses the issue of liberal justice, namely, can liberal theories of justice be sensitively applied to environmental questions? The answer to this question is that for much environmental thought, it is the very values and practices implicit within liberal justice theory which now constitute the key environmental danger.

KEYWORDS: liberalism, environmentalism, distributive justice, procedural justice, individualism, value theory

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An Imaginary Solution? The Green Defence of Deliberative Democracy. Manuel Arias-Maldonado

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