Five charges against the precautionary principle

  title={Five charges against the precautionary principle},
  author={Per Sandin and Martin Peterson and Sven Ove Hansson and Christina Rud{\'e}n and Andr{\'e} Juthe},
  journal={Journal of Risk Research},
  pages={287 - 299}
We defend the precautionary principle against five common charges, namely that it is ill-defined, absolutist, and a value judgement, increases risk-taking, and marginalizes science. We argue, first, that the precautionary principle is, in principle, no more vague or ill-defined than other decision principles and like them it can be made precise through elaboration and practice. Second, the precautionary principle need not be absolutist in the way that has been claimed. A way to avoid this is… 
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