Sustainability in philosophy

A paper that I prepared for the Higher Education Academy’s journal, Discourse, is now published — the entire issue is available free here.  It’s called “Sustainability in Philosophy:  a survey of education for sustainable development teaching in philosophy and this history and philosophy of science”.  Before you pass out, notice that a lot of people take this seriously.

In 2005 the United Nations launched the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.  According to UNESCO’s website, 

“The overall goal of the DESD is to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.  This education effort will encourage changes in  behaviour that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations.”

All very well, but it turns out that there’s a lot of suspicion about the very idea of sustainable development amongst philosophers.  Many wonder whether or not development can be sustainable in a finite world.  Maybe I wonder about that too.  What’s maybe encouraging is the fact that there’s really a lot of environmental philosophy being taught in the UK.  Here’s the report.


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