At the crossroads

Sustainability and the twilight of the modern world

Authored by: John B. Robinson , David Maggs

Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138685796
eBook ISBN: 9781315543017
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315543017.ch24

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Abstract

As the “Anthropocene” solidifies into a common diagnosis of our age, the underlying challenges of environmental sustainability arrive at a crossroads: Can they be addressed from within the dominant paradigm of modernist rationality or do they demand a departure from the paradigm altogether? In other words, does the Anthropocene indicate a difference of degree (i.e. more and better quantification of problems at a global scale, and informing/convincing of publics), or a difference of kind (reimagining ourselves, our worlds, and the nature of the problem itself)?

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