This paper aims to develop a framework for distributing risks. Based on a distinction between risks with reversible losses and risks with irreversible losses, I defend the following composite allocation principle: first, irreversible risks should be allocated on the basis of needs and only after some threshold level has been achieved can the remaining risks distributed in such a way that the total disvalue of these losses is minimized. An important advantage of this allocation framework is that it does not require the aggregation of incommensurable values into one measure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalEthics, Policy & Environment
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2018

    Research areas

  • incommensurability, irreversibility, risk allocation, Risk ethics, threshold approach

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