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Eco-Sufficiency and Distributive Sufficientarianism - Friends or Foes?

Philipp Kanschik

Environmental Values 25 (2016): 553-571. doi: 10.3197/096327116X14703858759099

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The notion of sufficiency has recently gained some momentum in separate discourses on distributive justice (‘sufficientarianism’) and the environment (‘eco-sufficiency’). An investigation of their relationship is warranted, as their scope overlaps in areas such as environmental justice and socio-economic policy. This paper argues that the two understandings of sufficiency are incompatible, because eco-sufficiency has adopted an extremely perfectionist view of the good life while sufficientarianism is committed to pluralism. A plausible explanation for this incompatibility relates to the two different meanings of the term sufficiency as a limit (eco-sufficiency) and as a minimum requirement (sufficientarianism).


Eco-sufficiency, distributive sufficientarianism, environmental justice, good life

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Voluntary Simplicity and the Social Reconstruction of Law: Degrowth from the Grassroots Up. Samuel Alexander

Involuntary Simplicity: Changing Dysfunctional Habits of Consumption. Guy Claxton

Sovereign Citizens and Constrained Consumers: Why Sustainability Requires Limits on Choice. Susanne Menzel and Tom L. Green

Redefining the Good Life in a Sustainable Society Lester W. Milbrath

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Editorial: Questioning Socio-Ecological Transformations. Alex Loftus

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