Green Liberalism: The Free And The Green Society 1998

Marcel Wissenburg

Green Liberalism: The Free And The Green Society

In this sparkling and original book Marcel Wissenburg presents the first systematic attempt to address the green critique of liberalism, developing a unique liberal perspective on the green agenda. In particular he is concerned to answer the fundamental question of whether the moral and political principles on which the institutions of liberal democratic societies are built can and should have environmental implications - and if so, what they are.

He argues that, as a moral theory, liberalism is compatible with and even implies a radical environmental ethic, in which the onus of proof for the legitimacy of each instance of the exploitation of nature lies with the prospective exploiter; and that as a political theory, liberalism allows a wide range of strategies aimed at achieving the greatest possible level of sustainability without sacrificing the ideal of a free and humane society.

Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (30 April 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 1857288491 ISBN-13: 978-1857288490

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