Precautionary discourse Thinking through the distinction between the precautionary principle and the precautionary approach in theory and practice.

Politics and the life sciences : the journal of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences

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Dinneen N. Precautionary discourse Thinking through the distinction between the precautionary principle and the precautionary approach in theory and practice. Politics Life Sci. 2013;32(1):2-21.
Abstract This paper addresses the distinction, arising from the different ways the European Union and United States have come to adopt precaution regarding various environmental and health-related risks, between the precautionary principle and the precautionary approach in both theory and practice. First, this paper addresses how the precautionary principle has been variously defined, along with an exploration of some of the concepts with which it has been associated. Next, it addresses how the distinction between the precautionary principle and precautionary approach manifested itself within the political realm. Last, it considers the theoretical foundation of the precautionary principle in the philosophy of Hans Jonas, considering whether the principled-pragmatic distinction regarding precaution does or doesn't hold up in Jonas' thought.