On environmental justice, Part II: non-absolute equal division of rights to the natural world

Journal Article

Abstract This article considers whether any interpretation of the idea of equal claims to the natural world can resolve the Canyon Dilemma (i.e. can justify protecting the Grand Canyon but not a small canyon from mining by a poor generation). It first considers and ultimately rejects the idea of subjecting natural resource rights to an intergenerational equal division. It then demonstrates that a pluralist theory of environmental justice committed to both respect for the separateness of persons and to the collective good can justify a type of intergenerational non-absolute equal division of natural resource rights that can navigate the Canyon Dilemma.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mazor, J

Published Date

  • August 24, 2022

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 29

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-0028

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0266-2671

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0266267122000050


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