The Precautionary Principle and the Dilemma Objection

@article{Steel2013ThePP,
  title={The Precautionary Principle and the Dilemma Objection},
  author={Daniel Steel},
  journal={Ethics, Policy \& Environment},
  year={2013},
  volume={16},
  pages={321 - 340}
}
  • D. Steel
  • Published 1 October 2013
  • Political Science
  • Ethics, Policy & Environment
The dilemma objection charges that ‘weak’ versions of the precautionary principle (PP) are vacuous while ‘strong’ ones are incoherent. I respond that the ‘weak’ versus ‘strong’ distinction is misleading and should be replaced with a contrast between PP as a meta-rule and PP proper. Meta versions of PP require that the decision-making procedures used for environmental policy not be susceptible to paralysis by scientific uncertainty. Such claims are substantive because they often recommend… 

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