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Sustainability, virtue ethics, and the virtue of harmony with nature

Sustainability, virtue ethics, and the virtue of harmony with nature


Titill: Sustainability, virtue ethics, and the virtue of harmony with nature
Höfundur: Jordan, Karen
Kristjánsson, Kristján
Útgáfa: 2016-03-09
Tungumál: Enska
Umfang: 1205-1229
Háskóli/Stofnun: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland (UI)
Svið: Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
School of education (UI)
Birtist í: Environmental Education Research;23(9)
ISSN: 1350-4622
1469-5871
DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1157681
Efnisorð: Education; Menntun; Ethics; Character education; Sjálfbærni; Siðfræði
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/644

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Karen Jordan & Kristján Kristjánsson (2017) Sustainability, virtue ethics, and the virtue of harmony with nature, Environmental Education Research, 23:9, 1205-1229, DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2016.1157681

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This article argues that the dominant sustainable development approach fails to acknowledge the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of social and environmental issues, and that sustainability requires a ‘transformational’ approach, involving a fundamental change in how humans relate to each other and to nature. The authors propose that virtue ethics, grounded in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, provides a framework with which to tackle such a transformation; to redress the human-nature relationship and help foster a more ecological perspective; to facilitate a more holistic and integrative view of sustainability; and to explore questions of how to live and flourish within a more sustainable world. Beginning with an overview of virtue ethics and critique of current approaches in environmental virtue ethics, this article proposes a new virtue, ‘harmony with nature’, that addresses the interconnectedness of our relationship with nature. This is followed by a proposal for the re-visioning of human flourishing as being necessarily situated within nature. The article concludes with some of the implications of a virtue ethics approach to sustainability, and the new virtue, for both sustainability education and moral education.

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