Beyond a diachronic indifference? Grounding the normative commitment towards intergenerational justice

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 26 (1):120-135 (2023)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In this essay, we aim at framing the ‘negative emotion’ of indifference, starting from its diachronic declination, which seems to beneficiate from a form of justification from the moral point of view (§1). In order to prevent indifference as an outcome – together with its intrinsic motivational strength –, we introduce a methodological account to frame the struggle of motivation internal to the single agent, by classifying different forms of ‘reasons to act’ (§2). We will develop a two-move strategy. Firstly, we deploy what we could call a positive emotion – the sense of solidarity diachronically understood – against that negative one, in order to show that indifference is not the sole possible destination for the humankind (§3). Secondly, to integrate and strengthen the motivational role of that positive emotion, we will rehabilitate a moral approach aimed at setting up a unique normative linkage among generations, by reshaping the interplay between ‘wide’ and ‘narrow obligations’ presented by Kant (§4). The ultimate goal is to contrast the moral strength which is offered by indifference as negative emotion by articulating a motivational path devoted at legitimizing the diachronic moral commitment and duties of justice among generations.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,322

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Janna Thompson: Intergenerational Justice. [REVIEW]James Wilhelm - 2012 - Intergenerational Justice Review 6 (1).
Intergenerationality, Intergenerational Justice, Intergenerational Policies.Andrzej Klimczuk - 2015 - In The Encyclopedia of Diversity and Social Justice. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 419--423.
The Circumstances of Intergenerational Justice.Eric Brandstedt - 2015 - Moral Philosophy and Politics 2 (1):33-56.
Justice and future generations.D. Clayton Hubin - 1976 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 6 (1):70-83.
Theories of intergenerational justice: a synopsis.Axel Gosseries - 2008 - Surv. Perspect. Integr. Environ. Soc 1:39-49.
Measuring Intergenerational Justice.Laurence J. Kotlikoff - 2017 - Intergenerational Justice Review 11 (2).
Introduction - Intergenerational Justice and Its Challenges.Axel Gosseries & Lukas Meyer - 2009 - In Axel Gosseries & Lukas Meyer (eds.), Intergenerational Justice. Oxford University Press.
Energy Justice and Intergenerational Ethics: Theoretical Perspectives and Institutional Designs.Giuseppe Pellegrini-Masini, Fausto Corvino & Lars Löfquist - 2019 - In Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi & Wang Guoyu (eds.), Energy Justice Across Borders. Springer Verlag. pp. 253-272.
Combining Intergenerational and International Justice.Christoph Lumer - 2012 - Intergenerational Justice Review 6 (1).
The incoherence of intergenerational justice.Terence Ball - 1985 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 28 (1-4):321 – 337.

Analytics

Added to PP
2021-03-03

Downloads
15 (#914,752)

6 months
6 (#506,019)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

What we owe to each other.Thomas Scanlon - 1998 - Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Solidarity as Joint Action.Andrea Sangiovanni - 2015 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (4):340-359.
What do we owe the next generation(s)?Axel Gosseries - 2001 - Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 35 (1):293-354.
Future generations as rightholders.Johan Brännmark - 2016 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 19 (6):680-698.

View all 6 references / Add more references