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Environmental Values and Comprehensive Environmental Assessment

  • Konrad Ott
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Part of the Wissenschaftsethik und Technikfolgenbeurteilung book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 19)

Abstract

There are hard conflicts about patterns of land use, the fair access to scarce natural resources and other environmental affairs to be expected in years to come. Environmental concerns and long-term conservation strategies will compete with different kinds of economic interests and objectives. It is by no means clear how such conflicts can be resolved reasonably since the underlying concepts of rationality, utility, acceptability or “weighing goods” will be contested as well. “Wise-useguidelines” will be a first step toward normative orientation but they won’t be able to resolve the more harder problems. This holds true also for international environmental declarations (“soft law”). Even the concept of “sustainable development” is — despite of its merits — typically an “umbrella concept” which may mask conflicts if it will not be given a decisive interpretation.

Keywords

Natural Capital Environmental Ethic Moral Standing Strong Sustainability Environmental Conflict 
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