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1 September 2013 Precautionary discourse
Nathan Dinneen
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This paper addresses the distinction, arising from the different ways the European Union and United States have come to adopt precaution regarding various environmental and health-related risks, between the precautionary principle and the precautionary approach in both theory and practice. First, this paper addresses how the precautionary principle has been variously defined, along with an exploration of some of the concepts with which it has been associated. Next, it addresses how the distinction between the precautionary principle and precautionary approach manifested itself within the political realm. Last, it considers the theoretical foundation of the precautionary principle in the philosophy of Hans Jonas, considering whether the principled-pragmatic distinction regarding precaution does or doesn't hold up in Jonas' thought.

Nathan Dinneen "Precautionary discourse," Politics and the Life Sciences 32(1), 2-21, (1 September 2013). https://doi.org/10.2990/32_1_2
Published: 1 September 2013
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Hans Jonas
Jonathan B. Wiener
precautionary approach
precautionary principle
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