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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 7438-7472; doi:10.3390/su7067438

The Justice Dimension of Sustainability: A Systematic and General Conceptual Framework

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Sustainability Economics Group, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Scharnhorststraße 1, D-21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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Norbert Elias Center for Transformation Design and Research, Europa-University Flensburg, Auf dem Campus 1, D-24943 Flensburg, Germany
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Department of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg, Tennenbacher Str. 4, Freiburg D-79106, Germany
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College of Business, Colorado State University, 1271 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1271, USA
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Ecological Economics Group, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Postfach 2503, Oldenburg D-26111, Germany
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 25 March 2015 / Accepted: 22 May 2015 / Published: 9 June 2015
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Abstract

We discuss how the normative dimension of sustainability can be captured in terms of justice. We (i) identify the core characteristics of the concept of sustainability and discuss underlying ethical, ontological and epistemological assumptions; (ii) introduce a general conceptual structure of justice for the analysis and comparison of different conceptions of justice; and (iii) employ this conceptual structure to determine the specific characteristics and challenges of justice in the context of sustainability. We demonstrate that sustainability raises specific and partly new challenges of justice regarding the community of justice, the judicandum, the informational base, the principles, and the instruments of justice. View Full-Text
Keywords: conceptual structure of justice; epistemology; ontology; sustainability ethics; sustainability justice; sustainability science conceptual structure of justice; epistemology; ontology; sustainability ethics; sustainability justice; sustainability science
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Stumpf, K.H.; Baumgärtner, S.; Becker, C.U.; Sievers-Glotzbach, S. The Justice Dimension of Sustainability: A Systematic and General Conceptual Framework. Sustainability 2015, 7, 7438-7472.

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