A minimal test for political theories

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Any adequate political theory must provide a plausible account of our obligations to future generations. It must also derive those obligations from morally significant features of our relationship to those who will live in the future, not from contingent accidents of human biology. The Minimal Test outlined in this paper offers a simple way to assess whether political theories are able to meet this challenge. It appears that several popular contemporary political theories will have difficulty passing that test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-296
Number of pages14
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001


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