Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy by Jenneth Parker

By Jenneth Parker

To expanding numbers of individuals, sustainability is the major problem of the twenty-first century. within the many fields the place it's a target, power difficulties impede the efforts of these attempting to make a distinction. the duty of this e-book is to supply an outline of the present kingdom of philosophy within the context of what philosophy is, can be or might be – relating to sustainability and the human destiny on the earth. The e-book is conceived as a contribution to the UN Decade of schooling for Sustainable improvement, aiding to hyperlink paintings on philosophy and sustainability.

Critiquing Sustainability, altering Philosophy focusses at the significance of philosophical paintings to the formation and effectiveness of worldwide civil society and social hobbies for sustainability within the context of the Anthropocene age of the Earth. It takes a transdisciplinary structures process that demanding situations philosophy and concludes through featuring a tremendously greater function for philosophy in contributing to worldwide public explanation for sustainability.

This ebook could be of curiosity to philosophers, sustainability practitioners and thinkers, coverage makers and all these engaged within the international move for sustainability.

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A review of the UK engagement of philosophy with sustainability also provided some positive and negative points. An introduction to sustainability was provided from the perspective of global agreements and discourses, arguing that these commitments effectively set up a global research programme of immense significance, containing rich themes and debates but with some founding assumptions supported by science. The ethical and social justice commitments of sustainability were also highlighted and distinctions made between sustainability and ‘environmentalism’.

And value biodiversity? How can we best describe nested local, regional and global ecologies of Earth? Social–institutional domain How can we develop the political and social structures at global level that we need? Is there such a thing as ‘global civil society’? Can we only change a globalised economy at global levels or can we take action at many levels? Can we hope to ‘reform’ global capitalism or is a system transformation needed to address the Anthropocene? Social–ecological domain How can we conceptualise and study the relationships between local, national, regional and global environmental issues?

We need to emphasise our collective responsibilities and effects in a way that is new to us – given that human history can appear to be dominated by struggles for dominance and land between different human groups. On the contrary, as Stephen Pinker argues (2012), perhaps humanity is becoming less violent and in addition we may be able then to take the further step to collaborate in the Anthropocene? 7 Does the knowledge of the Anthropocene bring about moral crisis? Whilst, as encultured beings, the world presents itself as valued, this is not a continuous seamless picture, but one with gaps, discontinuities and uneven development.

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