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Philosophies 2018, 3(2), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies3020016

The Philosophy of Ecology and Sustainability: New Logical and Informational Dimensions

International Center for the Philosophy of Information, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’An 710049, China
Received: 7 April 2018 / Revised: 24 May 2018 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 / Published: 31 May 2018
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Ecology and sustainability are current narratives about the behavior of humans toward themselves and the environment. Ecology is defined as a science, and a philosophy of ecology has become a recognized domain of the philosophy of science. For some, sustainability is an accepted, important moral goal. In 2013, a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability dealt with many of the relevant issues. Unfortunately, the economic, ideological, and psychological barriers to ethical behavior and corresponding social action remain great as well as obvious. In this paper, I propose that a new, non-standard and non-propositional logic of real processes, Logic in Reality (LIR) grounded in physics applies to the science and philosophy of these narratives and helps to explicate them. Given the ecological role of organizations and institutions, reference is often made to organizational or institutional logics as guides to ecological practice. This paper suggests that these logics are either too abstract or too informal to have an impact in a conflictual world. Recognition of the suggested new, transdisciplinary logical dimension of ecological processes may provide credibility and support to new initiatives in ecology and its philosophy. View Full-Text
Keywords: common good; contradiction; ecology; ethics; information; logic; philosophy; science; sustainability; transdisciplinarity common good; contradiction; ecology; ethics; information; logic; philosophy; science; sustainability; transdisciplinarity
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Brenner, J.E. The Philosophy of Ecology and Sustainability: New Logical and Informational Dimensions. Philosophies 2018, 3, 16.

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