Slippery slope arguments as precautionary arguments: a new way of understanding the concern about geoengineering research

Andow, James ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5760-0475 (2023) Slippery slope arguments as precautionary arguments: a new way of understanding the concern about geoengineering research. Environmental Values, 32 (6). pp. 701-717. ISSN 0963-2719

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Abstract

It has been argued that geoengineering research should not be pursued because of a slippery slope from research to problematic deployment. These arguments have been thought weak or defective on the basis of interpretations that treat the arguments as relying on dubious premises. The paper urges a new interpretation of these arguments as precautionary arguments, i.e. as relying on a precautionary principle. This interpretation helps us better appreciate the potential normative force of the worries, their potential policy relevance, and the kind of evidence required by slippery slope arguments. Understood as precautionary arguments, it is clear that slippery slope arguments against geoengineering capture concerns that are worth taking seriously.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Philosophy
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2023 03:32
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/89676
DOI: 10.3197/096327123X16702350862737

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