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The Agrarian VisionSustainability and Environmental Ethics$
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Paul B. Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125879

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.001.0001

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The Road to Sustainability

The Road to Sustainability

(p.196) Chapter 9 The Road to Sustainability
The Agrarian Vision

Paul B. Thompson

University Press of Kentucky

Sustainability is an essentially contested idea. Ideas of democracy, justice, truth, and reality themselves are competing philosophical visions of sustainability and a seemingly endless number of fine points on which even those who are in broad agreement can differ. The contested nature of sustainability is a reason to think that it is philosophically important. Functional integrity comes nearest to a satisfactory framework for thinking about sustainability. Legions of resource and development economists leapt to the task, producing a plethora of technical measures to specify sustainability in a manner consistent with existing economic concepts.

Keywords:   democracy, reality, agreement

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