Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Futures

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Date

11-2013

Publisher location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

First Page

43

Last Page

52

Volume Number

54

Abstract/ Summary

The question of intergenerational obligation can be framed in multiple ways. Here, we use the idea of bargains to think about how those of us in the present relate to both the past and the future. To understand this approach assumptions behind the idea of intergenerational bargains are posited, three potential ontologies for intergenerational thinking are explored, and principles that might be applied to intergenerational obligations are considered. Finally, an ethic for intergenerational obligation is proposed. The idea of intergenerational bargains reveals common frameworks among futures studies, ecological economics, and sustainability science.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Anderson, M.W. 2013. Intergenerational bargains: negotiating our debts to the past and our obligations to the future. Futures. 54:43-52.

Publisher Statement

© 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI

DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2013.10.002

Version

post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing with all author corrections and edits)

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