Conférence du Professeur Axel Gosseries sur la Justice Intergénérationelle


What is Intergenerational Justice? par Axel Gosserie, Profeseur à l'Université de Louvain

Axel Gosseries heads the Hoover Chair in Economic and Social Ethics, University of Louvain.

Conférence organisée par l'équipe du M2 « Théorie politique : justice et démocratie »  dans le cadre de ses conférences « Actualités de la théorie politique ».

Lieu : Faculté de droit et de science politique, 9 rue Jean Macé, Amphi 7, de 17 heures à 19 heures.


Axel Gosseries, Justice intergénérationnelle

Can people alive now have duties to future generations, the unborn millions? If so, what do we owe them? What does “justice” mean in an intergenerational context, both between people who will coexist at some point, and between generations that will never overlap?

In this book, Axel Gosseries provides a forensic examination of these issues, comparing and analyzing various views about what we owe our successors. He discusses links between justice and sustainability, and looks at the implications of the fact that our successors’ preferences are heavily influenced by what we will actually leave them and by the education they receive. He also points to how these theoretical considerations apply to real-life issues, ranging from pension reform and Brexit to biodiversity and the climate crisis. He ends by outlining how intergenerational considerations may translate into institutional design.

Anyone grappling with the dilemmas of our obligations to the future, from students and scholars to policy makers and active citizens, will find this an invaluable theoretical and practical guide to this moral and political minefield.

Table of contents


Chapter One: Can we act unjustly towards the future?

Chapter Two: How much do we owe the future?

Chapter Three: What do we owe the future?

Chapter Four: What are our climate duties to the future?

Chapter Five: Can policies be legitimate towards the future?