Sustainability, Social Movements, and Hope

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:
Sustainability, Social Movements, and Hope

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Sustainability is a cause that has gripped a significant portion of society. Subsequent efforts such as the millennium ecosystem assessment developed a number of specific indicators to serve as benchmarks in the progress toward sustainability. Social sustainability seems to be emptied of all normative content whatsoever. Consciousness eventually recognizes its inherently social being through its dependence on culture, history, and social embodiment in the ideal of the church, the state, and the abstract moral community of all people. Deep social conflicts are not sustainable because the sense of hope implicit in any conceptualization of sustainability as a moral ideal implies a realization of community consciousness.

Keywords: millennium; benchmarks; consciousness; abstract; conceptualization

Chapter.  8364 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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