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The Road to Sustainability

The Road to Sustainability

Chapter:
(p.196) Chapter 9 The Road to Sustainability
Source:
The Agrarian Vision
Author(s):
Paul B. Thompson
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.003.0010

Sustainability is an essentially contested idea. Ideas of democracy, justice, truth, and reality themselves are competing philosophical visions of sustainability and a seemingly endless number of fine points on which even those who are in broad agreement can differ. The contested nature of sustainability is a reason to think that it is philosophically important. Functional integrity comes nearest to a satisfactory framework for thinking about sustainability. Legions of resource and development economists leapt to the task, producing a plethora of technical measures to specify sustainability in a manner consistent with existing economic concepts.

Keywords:   democracy, reality, agreement

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