Climate Change and Norman Daniels' Theory of Just Health: An essay on basic needs

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dc.contributor.author LACEY, Joseph
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-20T11:33:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-20T11:33:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 2012, 15, 1, 3-14 en
dc.identifier.issn 1572-8633
dc.identifier.issn 1386-7423
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/20497
dc.description Published online: 13 September 2011 en
dc.description.abstract Norman Daniels, in applying Rawls’ theory of justice to the issue of human health, ideally presupposes that society exists in a state of moderate scarcity. However, faced with problems like climate change, many societies find that their state of moderate scarcity is increasingly under threat. The first part of this essay aims to determine the consequences for Daniels’ theory of just health when we incorporate into Rawls’ understanding of justice the idea that the condition of moderate scarcity can fail. Most significantly, I argue for a generation-neutral principle of basic needs that is lexically prior to Rawls’ familiar principles of justice. The second part of this paper aims to demonstrate how my reformulated version of Daniels’ conception of just health can help to justify action on climate change and guide climate policy within liberal-egalitarian societies. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Climate Change and Norman Daniels' Theory of Just Health: An essay on basic needs en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11019-011-9349-5


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