Precaution, proportionality and proper commitments

Colin Klein

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Birch’s extension of the precautionary principle (PP) is plausible but raises issues about how proportionality ought to be incorporated into law. Following Steel (2013), I suggest that the PP is best considered as a meta-norm, and as such any resulting laws are likely to lack the fineness of grain that we would hope to achieve. To fill the gap, I suggest a parallel with the ethics of studying looted artifacts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalAnimal sentience
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017

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