Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle: Science, Evidence, and Environmental Policy

2015.05.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Steel, Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle: Science, Evidence, and Environmental Policy, Cambridge University
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2015.05.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Steel, Philosophy and the Precautionary Principle: Science, Evidence, and Environmental Policy, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 256pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107078161. Reviewed by Neil A. Manson, University of Mississippi Proponents of the Precautionary Principle (PP) herald it as an approach to making decisions about human health and the environment that differs radically from standard approaches such as cost-benefit analysis (CBA). PP is meant to provide guidance with respect to cases in which we have incomplete scientific knowledge of the harmful effects of either bringing to the market new technologies (e.g., genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or nanotechnology) or permitting continued use of old technologies (e.g., the burning of fossil fuels). The central idea is that even if the normal scientific standards for establishing causal connections are not met in the case of the relationship. . .

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