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Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law

Sustainability

Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law

Authors: Ekardt, Felix

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  • Discusses the key to solving environmental problems and moving away from fossil fuels
  • Examines industrialised and emerging countries efforts for creating sustainable societies
  • Presents a new social-science-based theory of sustainability, responds to core questions of social sciences, human motivation, governance, and the grounds of normativity
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This book proposes a holistic transdisciplinary approach to sustainability as a subject of social sciences. At the same time, this approach shows new ways, as perspectives of philosophy, political science, law, economics, sociology, cultural studies and others are here no longer regarded separately. Instead, integrated perspectives on the key issues are carved out: Perspectives on conditions of transformation to sustainability, on key instruments and the normative questions. This allows for a concise answer to urgent and controversial questions such as the following: Is the EU an environmental pioneer? Is it possible to achieve sustainability by purely technical means? If not: will that mean to end of the growth society? How to deal with the follow-up problems? How will societal change be successful? Are political power and capitalism the main barriers to sustainability? What is the role of emotions and conceptions of normality in the transformation process? To which degree are rebound and shifting effects the reason why sustainability politics fail? How much climate protection can be claimed ethically and legally e.g. on grounds of human rights? And what is freedom? Despite all rhetoric, the weak transition in energy, climate, agriculture and conservation serves as key example in this book. It is shown how the Paris Agreement is weak with regard to details and at the same time overrules the growth society by means of a radical 1,5-1,8 degrees temperature limit. It is shown how emissions trading must – and can – be reformed radically. It is shown why CSR, education, cooperation and happiness research are overrated. And we will see what an integrated politics on climate, biodiversity, nitrogen and soil might look like.

This book deals with conditions of transformation, governance instruments, ethics and law of sustainability. The relevance of the humanities to sustainability has never before been demonstrated so vividly and broadly as here. And in every area it opens up some completely new perspectives.

(Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Club of Rome, Honorary President)


Taking a transdisciplinary perspective, the book canvasses the entire spectrum of issues relevant to sustainability. A most valuable and timely contribution to the debate.

(Prof. Dr. Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland, Author of “The Principle of Sustainability”)


This books breathes life into the concept of sustainability. Felix Ekardt tears down the barriers between disciplines and builds a holistic fundament for sustainablility; fit to guide long-term  decision-making on the necessary transformation and societal change.

(Prof. Dr. Christina Voigt, Oslo University, Dept. of Public and International Law)


About the authors

Felix Ekardt is the founder and head of the Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik (Research Centre for Sustainability and Climate Policy) in Leipzig and Berlin. At the same time he serves as a Professor for Public Law and Legal Philosophy at Rostock University (Faculty of Law), and as member of the Science Campus Phosphorus Research Rostock. Visiting Professor at various German and Chinese universities since 2002. His research addresses questions of sustainability in the humanities, focusing on transformation, policy instruments and normativity (ethics and law) on an international, European, national and communal level. 

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Foundations in Natural Science, Economics and Epistemology: Problems, Categories, Strategies, and the Issue of Growth

    Pages 1-59

    Ekardt, Felix

  • Transformation to Sustainability: An Innovative Perspective on Societal Change – With and Against Sociological, Psychological, Biological, Economic and Ethnologic Findings

    Pages 61-109

    Ekardt, Felix

  • Ethics and Law of Sustainability – Especially of Freedom, Human Rights, Democracy, and Balancing in a Reinterpreted Perspective

    Pages 111-223

    Ekardt, Felix

  • Politics and Governance of Sustainability – On Climate, Energy, Agriculture and Conservation Policy Instruments with a New Focus

    Pages 225-296

    Ekardt, Felix

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19277-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-19276-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability
Book Subtitle
Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law
Authors
Series Title
Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19277-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19277-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19276-1
Series ISSN
2524-5708
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 317
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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