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Caution in Defining the Public for Legitimate Geoengineering Governance


Wallimann-Helmer, Ivo (2018). Caution in Defining the Public for Legitimate Geoengineering Governance. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 21(2):181-183.

Abstract

Although I believe that Gardiner and Fragnière are right to claim that geoengineering governance demands participatory structures, I think more caution is needed. First, the public to be considered because it is affected must be differentiated depending on the geoengineering technique at issue and on the severity of its impact. Second, to avoid undermining democratic legitimacy, ethical conditions of legitimacy must be carefully assessed. Even though future generations and nature are very likely to be affected by geoengineering, their representation is not as unproblematic as it might seem at first sight.

Abstract

Although I believe that Gardiner and Fragnière are right to claim that geoengineering governance demands participatory structures, I think more caution is needed. First, the public to be considered because it is affected must be differentiated depending on the geoengineering technique at issue and on the severity of its impact. Second, to avoid undermining democratic legitimacy, ethical conditions of legitimacy must be carefully assessed. Even though future generations and nature are very likely to be affected by geoengineering, their representation is not as unproblematic as it might seem at first sight.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:13 Sep 2018 08:46
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 07:42
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:2155-0085
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/21550085.2018.1509477

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