Citizens in appropriate numbers: evaluating five claims about justice and population size

T. Meijers

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Abstract

While different worries about population size are present in public debates, political philosophers often take population size as given. This paper is an attempt to formulate a Rawlsian liberal egalitarian approach to population size: does it make sense to speak of ‘too few’ or ‘too many’ people from the point of view of justice? It argues that, drawing on key features of liberal egalitarian theory, several clear constraints on demographic developments – to the extent that they are under our control – can be formulated. Based on these claims, we can clarify both the grounds and content of our obligations to future generations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-268
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume47
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Demographic change
  • Rawls
  • just savings principle
  • intergenerational justice
  • liberal egalitarianism

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