What is Sustainability? A Philosophical Perspective

  • October 25, 2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • Conaton Board Room, Schmidt Hall, Xavier University

Lecture: "What is Sustainability? A Philosophical Perspective."

Sustainability has become the central theme of recent mainstream environmental discourses and practices and has been defined in various economic, scientific, and policy terms. A common element in the various definitions of sustainability concerns an inter-temporal relationship to future human generations. The Brundtland Commission, for example, defines sustainable development as "the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability the future generations to meet their own needs." 

This talk examines the relationship between present and future generations and clarifies some of the philosophical assumptions involved in this relation. In particular, the clarification of the some of the structures of intergenerational relationships helps address some of the interdisciplinary puzzles involved in sustainability discourses and imagine newer and more authentic sustainable practices.

Adam Konopka is the Besl Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society. He is currently completing his manuscript Ecological Investigations: A Phenomenology of Habitat (Routledge, forthcoming) and teaches courses on ethics and environmental philosophy at Xavier.

Location: Conaton Board Room


From Dana Ave, turn onto University Drive at the guardhouse entrance.

After entering at the guardhouse, there will be parking spaces located immediately past the guardhouse, on University Drive, and in lots just below University Drive. Conaton Board Room is on the second floor of Schmidt Hall. Schmidt Hall is the second building on University Drive. The main entrance to Schmidt Hall is at the circular staircase. Once in the building, there are steps immediately to your left, or an elevator at the end of the hallway opposite the steps.

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