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(p. 282) 13. Generations 

(p. 282) 13. Generations
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(p. 282) 13. Generations
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Axel Gosseries

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10.1093/hepl/9780199680436.003.0014
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date: 03 December 2020

This chapter examines questions of generations and intergenerational justice. It first considers the notion of generational sovereignty and what is required for a democracy to take the interests of future generations into account. It then explores whether meaningful accounts can be provided of the idea of responsibility for our ancestors' deeds, or whether we have obligations to future generations, and if so, how they can be accounted for. It also asks whether ‘age’ should be seen as a distinct focus point for theories of intergenerational justice and what differentiates it from, for example, gender or ‘race’. A case study on intergenerationally fair pensions is presented, along with Key Thinkers boxes featuring Thomas Jefferson and Derek Parfit.

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