Environmental Ethics

Volume 41, Issue 4, Winter 2019

Inter-Continental Dialogues II

Daniel LoeweOrcid-ID
Pages 333-345

Environmental Intergenerational Justice and the Nonidentity Problem
A Kantian Approach

A moral Kantian approach can be developed to deal with the nonidentity problem with regard to environmental intergenerationl justice—at least in cases of depletion or risky policy. Being a duty-oriented moral theory, this approach allows both that people coming into existence in a nonidentity situation can be glad to exist while simultaneously taking into account depletion or risky policy, to which their existence is causally related, as possibly being morally wrong because of a violation of moral duties.