ECONOMY AND SCHEMES OF RECURRENCE: SUSTAINABILITY AS AN ECONOMIC AND ETHICAL VALUE

James B. Sauer (Department of Philosophy, St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas)

Humanomics

ISSN: 0828-8666

Publication date: 1 April 1996

Abstract

Sustainability has become an important catch‐word in several fields that has stimulated an important body of work on a wide variety of topics ranging from economic development and agricultural production to social equity and biodiversity. Few generalizations can be made about such a diverse body of work. However, one can say with some confidence that this reflection has come about in large part from a sense that certain activities constitute a threat to human well‐being through the destruction of the necessary conditions of human survival. This fact has contributed to a rampant pessimism regarding prospects for the future and a rethinking of the meaning of sustainability in the fields noted above. However, acknowledging that sustainability is a rich concept in current thinking about economy, environment, and ecology does not mean that it is clearly understood. Indeed, the opposite is true. For example, John Pezzey, in a recent World Bank study, identified twenty‐seven definitions of sustainability. Even a summary survey of the work about sustainability shows that the term is a multidimensional concept that comprises of a number of interrelated elements, including ecological, environmental, economic, technological, social, cultural, ethical, and political dimensions.

Citation

Sauer, J. (1996), "ECONOMY AND SCHEMES OF RECURRENCE: SUSTAINABILITY AS AN ECONOMIC AND ETHICAL VALUE", Humanomics, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 78-112. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb018784

Download as .RIS

Publisher

:

MCB UP Ltd

Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.