Expanding justice across borders: The role of global philosophy

Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen Sanusi, W Guoyu

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Our energy systems are truly international, and yet even now, our energy policies tend to be grounded at the national level and in many instances, remain ill-equipped to tackle transboundary energy issues. Our energy policy systems are also largely detached from the concerns of ethics or justice. It follows that we must find new and innovative ways of not conceptualising these normative issues, but of operationalising response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap: the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider non-Western ethical traditions. Opening the edited volume, this chapter begins by giving context to the concept of “energy justice” itself and outlines our comparative philosophical approach to it, focusing specifically on “global philosophy” for its role in dialectically engaging with philosophies from around the world. We then show how the different chapters of the volume contribute to this purpose in four parts: setting the scene, practice, applying theory to practice and theoretical approaches. The final section of this chapter concludes with reflections on the contribution of global philosophy approaches to energy justice as with a set of future research recommendations. Through these recommendations, and all of those within, we position the book as one that contributes to energy justice scholarship across borders of nations, borders of ways of thinking and borders of disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Justice Across Borders
EditorsGunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen Sanusi, W Guoyu
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030240219
ISBN (Print)9783030240202
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

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