Taking the future seriously. On the inadequacies of the framework of liberalism for environmental education
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SourceJournal of Philosophy of Education, 36, 1, (2002), pp. 41-56
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Philosophy of Education
SubjectDeveloping normativity in education
International reports on environmental policy promote 'education for sustainable development' as an instrument for realising environmental awareness, values and attitudes consistent With the liberal concept of 'sustainable development'. In this paper the ethical and political-philosophical assumptions of (education for) sustainable development will be criticised. First, it will be argued that (Rawlsian) liberal ethics cannot include obligations towards future generations. Second, the commentary focuses on the economic perspective underlying this liberal framework, its anthropocentric bias and the hierarchical distinction between public and private spheres. Third, to offer a more adequate framework for environmental education, some fruitful ideas within neo-republicanism will be examined.
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