chapter  2
The case for social constructivism considered
What is at issue in the universalist–contextualist dispute
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The claim that this book puts forward is that the issue of distributive justice between species with respect to environmental resources is a meaningful and important one, and that a set of general considerations to guide moral persons in their deliberation on such matters may be elucidated. These considerations are intended to have perfectly general applicability, to be recognizable as reasonable by all moral persons who care to inspect them. This claim, therefore, supposes that it is possible for there to be something like a perfectly general moral language which persons from all cultural backgrounds can understand and deploy in the course of moral deliberation and argument.