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1st Edition

Sustainability and the Art of Long-Term Thinking

ISBN 9781138597426
Published April 25, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dealing with time is intimately linked to sustainability, because sustainability, at its core, involves long-term ethical claims. To live up to them, decision and policy-making has to consider long-term development of society, economy, and nature. However, dealing with time and such long-term development is a notoriously difficult subject, both in science and, in particular, in practical decision and policy making.

Rooted in philosophical and scientific reasoning, this book explores how the concept of time can be incorporated into effective practical action. The book describes a system and uses case studies to help sustainability practitioners and researchers consider the long-term consequences of our actions in a methodical way. The system integrates scientific and practical knowledge about time and temporal developments to help break down the sometimes overwhelming complexity of sustainability issues.

Combining theoretical conceptual thinking and practical applications, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of sustainability science, environmental sciences, sustainable development, environmental economics, political sciences and practical philosophy.

Table of Contents


Part 1 Sustainability and time

1. Ways to approach sustainability policy

2. Sustainability: theory and policy

Part 2 The conceptual framework of stocks

3. The perspective of stocks

4. Material stocks

5. Immaterial stocks and institutions

6. The persistence of institutions

7. Judgement

8. Time and the practical dimension of the concept of stock

Part 3 Applying the stocks framework

9. Shaping institutional change in the course of contamination management in Saxony-Anhalt

10. Ways of achieving sustainable land use in Germany: A stocks-based analysis

Part 4 The art of long term thinking

11. The stocks framework as a heuristic for sustainability policies

12. Applying the heuristic: Key elements of a sustainable inland shipping policy

13. Stocks: a schooling in long term thinking

14. Literature

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    Bernd Klauer is a senior scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig and an Honorary Professor for Sustainability and Water Resources Management at University of Leipzig, Germany.

    Reiner Manstetten has a Habilitation in Economics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently a lecturer at the Philosophical Seminar of the University of Heidelberg.

    Thomas Petersen has a Habilitation in Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently a lecturer at the Pädagogische Hochschule (College of Education) Heidelberg.

    Johannes Schiller is a senior scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany.