Accepting Collective Responsibility for the Future


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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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