As a concept, sustainable development is in conflict with traditional development based upon economic growth. Sustainable development is an attempt to formulate a programme that integrates different aspects (ecological, social, and economical) which were usually considered as separate from each other. Sustainable Development as a Civilizational Revolution. A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Challenges of the 21st Century expands the discussion on sustainable development, including ethical, technical/technological, legal and political aspects. Since it is not possible to solve environmental problems solely by technical means, without taking into account economic or environmental aspects, the degree to which they overlap is discussed. In addition it is necessary to emphasize the importance of social and moral considerations. A clean environment is a valuable attribute, but its achievement at the expense of high unemployment -- or some other form of severe social conflict -- cannot be regarded as action in line with the sustainable-development principle.
The tremendous scope of these changes makes it reasonable to expect this new vision for development to achieve the status of a revolution comparable to those known from the past: the agricultural, scientific and industrial revolutions. Sustainable Development as a Civilizational Revolution. A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Challenges of the 21st Century will be invaluable to graduate and post-graduate students following advanced courses on sustainable development, scientists dealing with sustainable development, and academia interested in environmental and social sciences.
Table of Contents
About the Author
The evolution of the idea of sustainable development in history
Theoretical basis for sustainable development
The notion of sustainable development
Hierarchy of planes
The principles of sustainable development
Indicators of sustainable development
Philosophy, religion and environmental education
Eco-philosophy and the ethical plane of sustainable development
Religion and sustainable development
Ethics in practice: Ecological attitude and education
A new research field: A philosophical audit
Level II of sustainable development: Ecological, social, and economic considerations
Level III of sustainable development: Technical, legal and political considerations
Integration of planes, the phenomenon of globalization and the Sustainable Development Revolution
Overlapping of sustainable development planes
The challenges of globalization
Breakthroughs in human history
Sustainable development as a civilizational revolution
"Sustainable Development as a Civilizational Revolution: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Challenges of the 21st Century is a bold concept…The author suggests creating the vision of the sustainable future, and working backwards to get there. For those interested in different aspects of the sustainable development history and concept, this book would be worthwhile."
—The Professional Geologist, 2014