By Jenneth Parker
To expanding numbers of individuals, sustainability is the most important problem of the twenty-first century. within the many fields the place it's a objective, chronic difficulties hinder the efforts of these attempting to make a distinction. the duty of this ebook is to supply an outline of the present kingdom of philosophy within the context of what philosophy is, should be or may be – in terms of sustainability and the human destiny in the world. The publication 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 value of philosophical paintings to the formation and effectiveness of worldwide civil society and social activities for sustainability within the context of the Anthropocene age of the Earth. It takes a transdisciplinary structures strategy that demanding situations philosophy and concludes by means of providing a enormously stronger function for philosophy in contributing to international public cause of sustainability.
This publication can be of curiosity to philosophers, sustainability practitioners and thinkers, coverage makers and all these engaged within the international circulation for sustainability.
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As will be argued in concluding chapters, it is time that global intellectuals from all spheres lent their weight to these efforts more visibly and effectively. Philosophical questions As noted in Chapter 1 philosophy characteristically sets out to question the implicit assumptions and/or implications of other areas of study and knowledge creation. What kinds of implicit frameworks and/positions might be challenged by the knowledge that humanity is now in the Anthropocene era of the Earth? Natural law The first thought that has been explored by some commentators, such as Bill McKibben (2006), is that the Anthropocene is heralding the ‘Death of Nature’.
Epistemology How can we conceptualise local and indigenous knowledge? How can we understand the conjuncture of universal laws in specific times and places? Is the Anthropocene identifiable in a world in process? Ethics Can we accept moral responsibility across time frames for future generations? Is there a philosophical anthropology of the Anthropocene? What might an ‘Ethics of the Anthropocene’ look like? Aesthetics Does an holistic planetary view have aesthetic qualities? Are the aesthetics of conservation or ‘heritage’ adequate for the Anthropocene?
Notes 1 I problematise this concept partly as a challenge to any assumption that philosophy is only carried on within the ‘profession’ defined as working in an academic institution; partly as I have participated in debates on whether some aspects of philosophy – specifically moral philosophy – can be seen as a profession and if so if it has or should have an associated professional ethic (Parker, 1994). 2 This practice, widespread across disciplines, becomes problematic when interdisciplinary work is attempted as people do not know how to describe their discipline, what it comprises, and its standards, to others.
Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy by Jenneth Parker