Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Political Theory Research Seminar: 'Rawls, Stewardship and Intergenerational Justice'

11 December 2013 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | Seminar

EC Stoner 10.70

You are all warmly invited to our next Political Theory Research Seminar, delivered by Dominic Welburn, Teaching Fellow in Political Theory.

All are welcome and there is no need to book in advance.


'Since the publication of 'A Theory of Justice' in 1971, there have been several waves of criticism aimed at the political thought of John Rawls including, for example, communitarianism , the 'Cambridge School' and more recently, political realism. Since the late 1970s, however, a significant body of literature within environmental political thought has also set itself the task of rejecting the principles of Rawlsian liberalism in the face of impending ecological crises. In response to such attacks, this paper seeks to reconcile  Rawls’s mature, specifically political form of liberalism with a concern for future generations, a key area of green political thought. In order to theoretically extend Rawls’s idea of ‘justice as fairness’ to those not owed what he identifies as ‘strict justice’, this paper argues that political liberalism can incorporate the key tenets of an environmental stewardship ethic. Such an ethic best reflects Rawls’s own commitment to independent and freestanding principles of justice; principles that do not rely on any moral, political, or religious comprehensive doctrines or conceptions of the good.'

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EC Stoner 10.70

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