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Environmental science and sustainability: some critical thoughts

Environmental science and sustainability: some critical thoughts

Acott, T.G. and McGibbon, M. (2007) Environmental science and sustainability: some critical thoughts. Environmental Sciences, 4 (4). pp. 199-207. ISSN 1569-3430 (doi:

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Environmental science is often described as an interdisciplinary subject, but one firmly grounded in positivist science. Less well recognized is the idea that interdisciplinarity actually challenges fundamental conceptions concerning how reality is understood from an orthodox science perspective. Drawing on recent non-dualism (or post-natural) literature, it is suggested in this paper that there is a need for greater awareness and debate concerning the underlying challenges that ideas of interdisciplinarity and holism present for environmental science. It is argued by aligning environmental science more strongly with non-dualistic traditions (spanning the sciences, arts and religion), fundamental issues are raised concerning how reality is understood and what constitutes valid research methodologies. The concept of intrinsic value is used as one example of the way non-dualistic theory can open up new territories for exploring reality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental science, interdisciplinarity, holism, intrinsic value, hybrid geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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