After Sustainability: Denial, Hope, Retrieval

| January 12, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: Book - Recent

Year of Publication: 2015

Publisher: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group


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From John Foster, a freelance writer and philosophy teacher, and an honorary Fellow in the department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, UK.

“Dangerous climate change is coming.

Some people still deny that it is happening. Others refuse to recognise that it is now too late to prevent it. But both these reactions spring from the same source: our pathological attachment to ‘progress’, of which sustainability has been one more version.

After Sustainability traces that attachment to its roots in the ways we make sense of ourselves. Original and accessible, this is philosophy on the edge, written for anyone who glimpses our environmental tragedy and cares about our future.

Does the challenge to stop pretending offer our only remaining chance?”


Human societies continue largely to ignore the increasingly dire warnings coming from climate and other environmental scientists. Whether or not you agree with this book’s conclusions, it will make you think about the challenges and the scale of societal response that they demand. Such thought is currently in worryingly short supply.


Paul Ekins Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London


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