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Ecophilosophy as a philosophical underpinning of sustainable development


  • Zdzisława Piątek

    (Instytut Filozofii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego, Kraków, Poland)


The subjects considered here underpin the philosophical way in which the sustainable development concept is justified. In this context, the new branch of philosophy known as ecophilosophy is seen to have left behind the special pleading on behalf of humankind's exploitative attitudes towards Nature, in favour of considerations that - as they assign value to the biosphere per se - aim at the harmonious coexistence of the human species with all beings present in the biosphere. In the conceptual terms with which ecophilosophy has armed itself, sustainable development is the search for proper moderation in so far as human activity in the environment is concerned. A strategy for sustainable development is a mechanism needing to be incorporated into any further advancement of Western civilization. Ecophilosophy's chances of emerging are related to whether an inevitable, unavoidable antagonism between Nature and culture does or does not exist. It is the contention of this article that it does not. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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  • Zdzisława Piątek, 2008. "Ecophilosophy as a philosophical underpinning of sustainable development," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(2), pages 91-99.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:16:y:2008:i:2:p:91-99
    DOI: 10.1002/sd.340

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