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Title Droit humain à l'eau, justice ou ... imposture? English
The human right to water : justice ... or sham? : the legal, philosophical, and theological background of the new human right to water / Evelyne Fiechter-Widemann ; translated by Andrene Everson ; foreword by Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Imprint Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 394 pages) : illustrations
Note Translation of: Droit humain à l'eau, justice ou ... imposture?
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-387) and indexes.
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Translated from the French.
Print version record.
Subject Water rights.
Human rights.
Right to water.
Contents Foreword / Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada -- The concept of "globality" -- "Thinking" water in terms of its vulnerability, through case studies -- "Thinking" the human relationship to water : the phenomenology of vulnerability -- "Thinking" the human in need -- "Thinking" human beings in terms of their dignity -- Two areas of focus -- A new role for civil society -- Is the human right to water an ethical normativity or a legal one? -- Scientific normativity for water -- Economic/political and legal normativities for water -- Thinking and conceptualizing mobilization for potable water -- Possible bases -- Creating a space for dialogue about the human right to water -- A theological inquiry into natural law from ABRAHAM through the Apostle Paul and the Church Fathers to Calvin -- A philosophical inquiry concerning natural law from Grotius to the human right to water via Kant and Bonhoeffer -- Dentological motives for action, or "thinking" water philosophically with Immanuel Kant -- Eudaemonist and anti-eudaemonist motives for action, or how to "think" water emotionally -- Empirical and utilitarian motives for action, or how to "think" water for the well-being of all -- Justice for the "other" human being, the one who thirsts -- Does the reality affect us and make us responsible? -- Responsibility : a problematic concept -- Intergenerational ethics -- Intragenerational ethics -- What kind of justice should apply to universal access to potable water? -- Solicitude and love as a means to supererogatory justice : the golden rule concept -- "Thinking" water differently : theologically -- General conclusion.
Summary Water is a matter of life and death. Advanced technology and engineering enable humans to gain better access to it. Nonetheless, the conditions and effort required to reach this goal remain colossal in many countries. Building a lasting infrastructure for adequate treatment before and after use is costly. Therefore, the author believes that a radical change of thinking among people around the world, from the domestic to the large-scale users, becomes a priority. Even if the United Nations entitles all people to justice for water, more responsible and ethical use of it by all interested parties is more important than the spreading of promises, which, in practice, may turn out to be a sham. Only a better understanding that access to water rests on the efforts of everyone, without exception, will reduce overuse, waste, and pollution of the indispensable resource. This volume, while written from a theological, philosophical, and legal perspective (focusing on John Calvin, John Rawls, and Paul Ricoeur), demonstrates that water cannot be merely understood as a human right, but also has to be dealt with from an economic point of view as well as under the authority of the Golden Rule.
Other Author Everson, Andrene, translator.
Biswas, Asit K., writer of foreword.
Tortajada, Cecilia, writer of foreword.
Other Title Print version: Fiechter-Widemann, Evelyne. Droit humain à l'eau, justice ou ... imposture? English. Human right to water, justice ... or sham? Eugene, Oregon : Pickwick Publications, [2017] 9781498294089