Accepting Collective Responsibility for the Future


Do we take responsibility for our actions which affect the future generation? Current policies do not seem to reflect that we care.

Existing institutions do not seem well-designed to address paradigmatically global, intergenerational and ecological problems, such as climate change. 1 In particular, they tend to crowd out intergenerational concern, and thereby facilitate a “tyranny of the contemporary” in which successive generations exploit the future to their own advantage in morally indefensible ways (albeit perhaps unintentionally). Overcoming such a tyranny will require both accepting responsibility for the future and meeting the institutional gap.

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Stephen M. Gardiner — Journal of Practical Ethics

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2 thoughts on “Accepting Collective Responsibility for the Future

  1. Yes, short-term goals are much more important to both industry and governments. To hell with our children and their children, just as long as we make a profit and don’t lose out in any way. It’s just stupidity, really. I am concerned about the world we leave to future generations. We should try to solve these problems and not ignore them (at best).

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