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Blackmore, C. (2012). Sustainability. In: Chadwick, Ruth; Árnason, Vilhjálmur; Faunce, Thomas; Gillies, Alan; Holm, Soren; McGee, Glenn; Poff, Deborah; Reynolds, Martin and Zwart, Hub eds. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition), Volume 4. Elsevier, pp. 274–280.

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Sustainability is explored from the anthropocentric perspective of sustainable development and ecocentric perspective of ecological sustainability. Links with fairness and justice are made, drawing on a range of ethical traditions. The various ethics adopted in discourses of sustainability are examined critically. The relevance of ethics to discourse, events,movements and action plans associated with sustainable development is discussed. Weak and strong conceptualizations of sustainable development are considered along with systemic approaches that attempt to balance various dimensions. A range of criticisms of the sustainable development concept is reviewed. The main ethical questions associated with ecological sustainability are elaborated, primarily by contrasting shallow and deep environmentalists’ viewpoints. The importance of bringing diverse perspectives on sustainability together in negotiating and agreeing on action is highlighted. It is suggested that some of the theories, concepts, and language discussed in this article provide potential tools to help facilitate the kind of dialogue that could lead to the necessary negotiation and agreement.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier
ISBN: 0-12-373632-3, 978-0-12-373632-1
Extra Information: Ruth Chadwick is Editor-in-Chief. The others are section editors.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 32948
Depositing User: Chris Blackmore
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2012 13:45
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:04
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