WIT Press

Sustainable Development: A Critique And Proposal

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ECOSUD970111

Volume

22

Pages

9

Published

1997

Size

834 kb

Author(s)

M.B. Neace

Abstract

This paper critiques the linear-reductionist model, its disconnectedness and its intellectual compartmentalization that dominates much of modern science and proposes a value-shifting paradigm as being a necessary transformation to attain sustainable development in a multidisciplinary, multistakeholder arena. 1 Introduction Modern day neo-economists and non-steady state scientists, building on their intellectual heritage, employ linear/reductionist models that distance humankind from the impact of scientific and economic behavior on the biosphere. These Cartesian-Newtonian models have their philosophical roots in the civilizations that developed around the Mediterranean Sea - Hellenism, Judaism and Christianity. After centuries of evolution and the evergrowing dominance of science over philosophy and religion, a disfunction has developed between t

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