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Sufficiency, liberal societies and environmental policy in the face of planetary boundaries


Muller, Adrian; Huppenbauer, Markus (2016). Sufficiency, liberal societies and environmental policy in the face of planetary boundaries. GAIA, 25(2):105-109.

Abstract

Sufficiency is not a goal of environmental policy-making as is efficiency. In view of the planetary boundaries, this paper instead proposes that sufficiency should amend the notion of liberal society. The classic vision of liberal societies has been based on the core values of individual freedom, the no-harm principle and social justice together with the related virtues of courage, prudence and justice. By adding sufficiency, we introduce a fourth core value, one which is necessary for dealing with planetary boundaries. Temperance, the virtue linked to sufficiency, becomes an important part of this.

Abstract

Sufficiency is not a goal of environmental policy-making as is efficiency. In view of the planetary boundaries, this paper instead proposes that sufficiency should amend the notion of liberal society. The classic vision of liberal societies has been based on the core values of individual freedom, the no-harm principle and social justice together with the related virtues of courage, prudence and justice. By adding sufficiency, we introduce a fourth core value, one which is necessary for dealing with planetary boundaries. Temperance, the virtue linked to sufficiency, becomes an important part of this.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
08 University Research Priority Programs > Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:10 Aug 2016 10:56
Last Modified:10 Aug 2016 10:56
Publisher:Oekom Verlag
ISSN:0940-5550
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.25.2.10
Related URLs:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/oekom/gaia (Publisher)

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