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Environmental Ethics

Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 1984

Paul B. Thompson
Pages 57-69

Need and Safety
The Nuclear Power Debate

Many arguments for and against nuclear power can be analyzed according to a matrix of logically competing claims on the need and safety of nuclear power. Logical analysis of the arguments reveals their philosophical basis and contributes to an understanding of their explanatory appeal. The evidential value of claims made in the arguments of both supporters and opponents depends upon familiar issues in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of science.

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