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Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle
Science, Evidence, and Environmental Policy

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  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107078161

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  • Scholars in philosophy, law, economics and other fields have widely debated how science, environmental precaution, and economic interests should be balanced in urgent contemporary problems, such as climate change. One controversial focus of these discussions is the precautionary principle, according to which scientific uncertainty should not be a reason for delay in the face of serious threats to the environment or health. While the precautionary principle has been very influential, no generally accepted definition of it exists and critics charge that it is incoherent or hopelessly vague. This book presents and defends an interpretation of the precautionary principle from the perspective of philosophy of science, looking particularly at how it connects to decisions, scientific procedures, and evidence. Through careful analysis of numerous case studies, it shows how this interpretation leads to important insights on scientific uncertainty, intergenerational justice, and the relationship between values and policy-relevant science.

    • Proposes a new interpretation of the precautionary principle
    • Will appeal to readers interested in controversial environmental issues, such as climate change
    • Includes numerous case studies
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    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107078161
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 16 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The precaution controversy
    2. Answering the dilemma objection
    3. The unity of the precautionary principle
    4. The historical argument for precaution
    5. Scientific uncertainty
    6. Counting the future
    7. Precautionary science and the value-free ideal
    8. Values, precaution, and uncertainty factors
    9. Concluding case studies.

  • Author

    Daniel Steel, Michigan State University
    Daniel Steel is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. He is the author of Across the Boundaries: Extrapolation in Biology and Social Science (2008) and the co-editor (with Francesco Guala) of The Philosophy of Social Science Reader (2011).

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