A Different Trolley Problem: The Limits of Environmental Justice and the Promise of Complex Moral Assessments for Transportation Infrastructure

TitleA Different Trolley Problem: The Limits of Environmental Justice and the Promise of Complex Moral Assessments for Transportation Infrastructure
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsEpting, S
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Volume22
Issue6
Pagination1781-1795
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
Keywordscomplex , ENVIRONMENTAL , PUBLIC , Structural , THOUGHT , TRANSPORTATION , Urban
AbstractTransportation infrastructure tremendously affects the quality of life for urban residents, influences public and mental health, and shapes social relations. Historically, the topic is rich with social and political controversy and the resultant transit systems in the United States cause problems for minority residents and issues for the public. Environmental justice frameworks provide a means to identify and address harms that affect marginalized groups, but environmental justice has limits that cannot account for the mainstream population. To account for this condition, I employ a complex moral assessment measure that provides a way to talk about harms that affect the public. 
NotesEpting, Shane 1; Email Address: shane.epting@gmail.com; Affiliation: 1: Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies , University of North Texas , 1155 Union Circle #310920 Denton 76203-5017 USA; Source Info: Dec2016, Vol. 22 Issue 6, p1781; Subject Term: Transportation -- United States; Subject Term: Thought experiments; Subject Term: Environmental justice; Subject Term: Environmental ethics; Subject Term: Public transit -- United States; Author-Supplied Keyword: Complex moral assessment; Author-Supplied Keyword: Structural ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Transportation infrastructure; Author-Supplied Keyword: Urban planning; Number of Pages: 15p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1007/s11948-015-9732-3

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