The Road to Sustainability

Paul B. Thompson

in The Agrarian Vision

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135557 | DOI:
The Road to Sustainability

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Sustainability is an essentially contested idea. Ideas of democracy, justice, truth, and reality themselves are competing philosophical visions of sustainability and a seemingly endless number of fine points on which even those who are in broad agreement can differ. The contested nature of sustainability is a reason to think that it is philosophically important. Functional integrity comes nearest to a satisfactory framework for thinking about sustainability. Legions of resource and development economists leapt to the task, producing a plethora of technical measures to specify sustainability in a manner consistent with existing economic concepts.

Keywords: democracy; reality; agreement

Chapter.  7108 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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