By John O'Neill
Revealing flaws in either 'green' and market-based ways to environmental coverage, O'Neill develops an Aristotolian account of wellbeing and fitness. He examines the results for wider matters related to markets, civil society and politics.
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It was to be his major contribution to the sciences. He wrote narratives about their discovery that befitted this projected status:10 thus, for example, while in his initial accounts of the discovery, the basic equations of the system were simply jotted into a notebook, in later accounts they were literally carved in stone, on Broughm Bridge in Dublin where in fact a future generation was to lay a commemorative stone. He spent the last twenty-two years of his life on the elaboration of his theory.
The works and actions of one generation are subject to the critical scrutiny of the later, and also the values that inform such works. 20 In other spheres, value discontinuity over time is more pronounced, and the reassessment of earlier works is often consequent on such changes. 22 Present, future and past are linked, then, not by some single set of values which the present passes from past to future, but by arguments both within genera- FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE HARMS WE DO OURSELVES 35 tions and between them.
As Weil notes: A corporation, or guild, was a link between the dead, the living and those yet unborn, within the framework of a certain specified occupation. 38 The mobilization of labour by the market, like the mobilization of land, has undermined a sense of community across generations. Both lie at the basis of the temporal myopia of modern society. To make these points is not to advocate a return to stable ownership of the land and limited mobility in labour. 39 Moreover, even if it were desirable to limit mobility, in modern conditions it would not be practicable without excessive coercion.
Ecology, Policy and Politics by John O'Neill