The Quality of Sustainability Science - A Philosophical Perspective.

Ott, Konrad and Ziegler, Rafael (2011) The Quality of Sustainability Science - A Philosophical Perspective. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 7 (1).

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Abstract

Sustainability science does not fit easily with established criteria of the quality of science. Making explicit and justifying four features of sustainability science — normativity, inclusion of nonscientists, urgency, and cooperation of natural and social scientists — can promote deep and comprehensive questioning. In particular, because the inclusion of nonscientists into sustainability science has become a dogma, re-examining the epistemic, normative, and political reasons for inclusion is important for the quality of sustainability science. These reasons include providing a range of perspectives and helping to craft and implement policy in real-world social and ethical situations. To be included effectively, nonscientists must be understood within this demanding context rather than employed merely to satisfy a dogma. We situate our discussion in this article against a foundational controversy of sustainability science: the weak versus strong sustainability debate. According to our analysis, comprehensive consideration of the features of normativity, inclusion of nonscientists, urgency, and cooperation of natural and social scientists suggests a convincing case for strong sustainability.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: sustainable development, interdisciplinary research, evaluation, participatory planning, culture
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R01
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2017 20:40
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 04:47
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/37291

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