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The Political imaginary of care: Generic versus singular futures

Groves, Christopher Robert 2011. The Political imaginary of care: Generic versus singular futures. Journal of International Political Theory 7 (2) , pp. 165-189. 10.3366/jipt.2011.0013

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The impacts of the activities of technological societies extends further into the future than their capacity to predict and control these impacts. Some have argued that the repercussions of this deficiency of knowledge cause fatal difficulties for both consequentialist and deontological accounts of future oriented obligations. Increasingly, international politics encompasses issues where this problem looms large: the connection between energy production and consumption and climate change provides an excellent example. As the reach of technologically-mediated social action increases, it is necessary to ask whether a political imaginary that extends itself to match this reach requires new concepts, and how far they should displace traditional political concepts of obligation, based on reciprocity and harm avoidance. This paper draws on recent scholarship on the role of concepts of care in political philosophy, bringing together phenomenological and feminist concepts of care in contributing to a positive concept of non-reciprocal intergenerational obligation that defends a constitutive connection between care and justice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: attachment; care ethics; Hans Jonas; intergenerational justice; responsibility; uncertainty
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 21/02/2014).
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 1755-0882
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 05:11

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