The need of an ethics of planetary sustainability

Losch, Andreas (2018). The need of an ethics of planetary sustainability. International journal of astrobiology, 18(3), pp. 259-266. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1473550417000490

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The concept of sustainability is widely acknowledged as a political guideline. Economic, ecological, social and cultural aspects of sustainability are already under discussion. Current space mining efforts demand that the discussion become a broader one about ‘planetary sustainability’, including the space surrounding Earth. To date, planetary sustainability has mainly been used with reference to Earth only and I will extend it here, elaborating on a similar NASA initiative. This article (1) sketches the contemporary economic–political initiatives which call for a special reflection of Earth's location in space, and then (2) discusses the meaning of the concept of sustainability in this context. Next, (3) I relate the discussion to the issue of planetary and environmental protection, before, (4) finally, presenting a philosophical and theological perspective that seems particularly able to broach the issue of the multiple dimensions of sustainability in this context. This is the concept of constructive-critical realism. My overview of the topic concludes with (5) a summarizing outlook.

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Losch, Andreas


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100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
500 Science > 520 Astronomy




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Andreas Losch

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11 Apr 2018 10:06

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