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Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability

Andrew Dobson

in Justice and the Environment

Published in print December 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294955
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599071 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294956.003.0003
 Three Conceptions of Environmental Sustainability

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Three conceptions of environmental sustainability are described and assessed. These take the form of a typology produced by a survey of the different answers to the generic questions common to any conception of environmental sustainability. One way of characterizing these conceptions is in terms of a spectrum running from anthropocentrism to ecocentrism. Sustainable development is presented as an anthropocentric version of environmental sustainability.

Keywords: anthropocentrism; ecocentrism; environmental sustainability; sustainable development

Chapter.  9886 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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