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Sustainability and the future: reflections on the ethical and political significance of sustainability

Groves, Christopher ORCID: 2019. Sustainability and the future: reflections on the ethical and political significance of sustainability. Sustainability Science 14 (4) , pp. 915-924. 10.1007/s11625-019-00700-0

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Historically, concepts of sustainability have been articulated in response to a perceived crisis within central modernist narratives about progress. As such, they are not just environmental concepts, but ethical and political ones. At the same time, they have often been accused of being too wedded to many of the same assumptions as these central narratives of modernity, and indeed inviting the hubristic mistakes of modernity to be resurrected in the form of pretentions to global stewardship or ‘managing the planet’. I respond to some recent critiques of key conceptual elements encountered within sustainability narratives by articulating an approach to imagining sustainability that draws on D. W. Winnicott’s concept of the ‘holding environment’, and which acknowledges the otherness of the future and of nature, while also affirming responsibilities towards both.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, futures, alterity, care, attachment
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1862-4065
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 16 April 2019
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 19:31

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