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After Fukushima: The precautionary principle revisited

Wolfgang Huber
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 2 | a736 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i2.736 | © 2012 Wolfgang Huber | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 2012 | Published: 06 December 2012


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Abstract

Etienne de Villiers, more than other theologians, elaborates on basic elements of a Christian ethics of responsibility. He distinguishes between retrospective and prospective responsibility. The prospective aspect attracted awareness after the nuclear accident in the Fukushima reactors on 11 March 2011. The question on how to respond in an ethically responsible manner to catastrophic risks was put back on the agenda. The article takes up this question and discusses the answer given in the international debate by the introduction of the

Keywords

ethics of responsibility; precautionary principle; heuristics of fear

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