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Converging Paradigms for a Co-evolutionary Environmental Limit Discourse


  • William Konchak

    (Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 1069 E. Meadow Circle Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA)

  • Unai Pascual

    () (Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK)


This paper argues that the static vision in ecological economics of a fundamental clash between a neo-classical self-interest perspective and limit discourse as de-ontological perspective is an ineffective route towards disseminating environmental values and consciousness. Following the Ego'n'Empathy idea as a fusion of both perspectives to refocus the paradigm of ecological economics, it is argued that this evolution may face intense resistance from entrenched positions. A conceptual exploration of the roots of such resistances is discussed and an alternative, but complimentary process that addresses the need for and process of a synthesis is proposed. As an exemplar of this argument, the Porter Hypothesis is discussed as a complimentary guiding framework of how ecological economics as an action oriented paradigm can increase its influence as a policy guide, in terms of achieving sustainable development within entrenched and confrontational policy contexts

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  • William Konchak & Unai Pascual, 2005. "Converging Paradigms for a Co-evolutionary Environmental Limit Discourse," Environmental Economy and Policy Research Working Papers 14.2005, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economics, revised 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:lnd:wpaper:200514

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    Environmental policy; economic growth; Porter Hypothesis; altruism; evolutionary economics;

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