Special Issue "The Eco-Philosophy of an Organic Community"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Vasile Hațegan
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Guest Editor
Department of Philosophical Research, Institute for Social and Political Research, West University of Timisoara, Romania. Practitioner certified by American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)
Interests: applied philosophy; philosophical counseling, bioethics, consultancy, and ethics applied in business administration and ethical leadershipusiness administration; ethical leadership
Prof. Aleksandar Fatic
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Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: philosophical practice; integrative psychotherapy; philosophy of psychiatry; psychoanalysis; political philosophy; ethics; philosophy of language

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will focus on a variety of sustainability-related themes connected with the notion of organic community, including an ecological perspective in a philosophical context. The issue of organicism in community organization has been highlighted recently due to the trends in alienation and shortening of attention spans, with certain consequences for the quality of interpersonal communication, all of which has been produced by a rise in the use of Internet-based communication technologies. Although responses to these problems have been proposed in various veins, including medication for children who suffer from technologically-induced shortening of attention spans and weakening of affect controls, a key line of argumentation is emerging that seeks to explore and elaborate upon the various aspects of organicism in interpersonal communication as a fundamental aspect of sustainable interpersonal relationships in an increasingly technologically dominated world. This Special Issue will focus on several aspects of organicism, including those related to ecology, the economy, personal well-being, psychotherapy, social functionality, and contribution to the community.

The Special Issue will focus on the notion of ecosystem and apply it equally to organic communities as ecosystems for values that promote the quality of human life, and a critical examination of individual and group values in a practical context. Simultaneously, the concept of ecosystem will be addressed in the context of global environmental challenges, including climate change, using the practical concepts from philosophy and promoting the notion of eco-philosophy within the discourse of business. The Special Issue will welcome conceptual models, empirical studies, case studies, and other qualitative studies on sustainable communities or business ecosystems. Our Special Issue will provide a new orientation for fostering the practical concept of eco-philosophy in diverse domains of human activities.

This Special Issue focuses on, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Sustainable development
  • Sustainable business ecosystems
  • Education for sustainable development
  • Eco-philosophy in practice
  • Ecological attitude of community
  • Organic communities
  • Effective community communication
  • Philosophy for sustainable community
  • Environmental philosophy development
  • Environmental ethics
  • Environmental protection
  • Climate global change
  • Environmental global warming
  • Environmentally philosophy for business management
  • Sustainable business ecosystems through corporate social responsibility
  • Community ecological consciousness
  • Life applied philosophy
  • Integrative psychotherapy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Mediation and Negotiation, strategies and methodologies

Dr. Vasile Hațegan
Prof. Aleksandar Fatic
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • ractical eco-philosophy
  • sustainability
  • sustainable management
  • corporate social responsibility
  • business ecosystem
  • environmental ethics
  • organic communities

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Application of Ecosophical Perspective to Advance to the SDGs: Theoretical Approach on Values for Sustainability in a 4S Hotel Company
Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7713; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187713 - 18 Sep 2020
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Fourth Sector Small and Medium-sized Hotel companies (4S-SM-HCs) that already have a purpose and wish to contribute effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to base their sustainability policies on universal values that deepen the individual-society-planet interrelations. “The Three Ecologies” essay (Guattari, [...] Read more.
Fourth Sector Small and Medium-sized Hotel companies (4S-SM-HCs) that already have a purpose and wish to contribute effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) need to base their sustainability policies on universal values that deepen the individual-society-planet interrelations. “The Three Ecologies” essay (Guattari, 1989) provides a suitable theoretical approach to reflect on which values for sustainability are implicit in the purpose of the 4S-SM-HCs under study. This conceptual paper proposes an ecosophical reflection about the relationships between the mental, social, and environmental ecologies, and the company’s values for sustainability, establishing direct interrelations between the company’s purpose and the five dimensions of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (UN2030A), bringing a holistic vision to hotel management and, as a result, to the entire ecosystem, something which has not been addressed by the social sciences and business management literature yet. Through qualitative research methodology consisting of a focus group discussion in which the board of directors of a 4S-SM-HC took part, they delved into the ecosophical values for sustainability that moves them to create economic benefits while contributing to a better quality of life and a better environment. The contribution of this paper is twofold: firstly, to provide an in-depth reflection with an ecosophical approach on which company’s values are meaningful to sustainability, and secondly, to propose a theoretical framework with an ecosophical approach for 4S-SM-HCs to advance from their purpose to the SDGs and thus, to contribute to a Triple Wellbeing of people, the community and the planet. Full article
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Constraints and Consequences of Online Teaching
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6982; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176982 - 27 Aug 2020
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In Romania, like in many other European countries, schools and universities were closed and classes were transferred entirely online at the beginning of March 2020, due to the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) outbreak, declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). [...] Read more.
In Romania, like in many other European countries, schools and universities were closed and classes were transferred entirely online at the beginning of March 2020, due to the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) outbreak, declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). In the context of drastic changes and uncertainty, teachers across Romania had to face the challenges of transferring lectures online. The small window of time left to adapt to new technologies, along with other stressors, called into question their work engagement and performance, as key factors for the sustainability of the educational system. An approach based on the dimensions of induced stress, resilience behavior, professional support, and work engagement was implemented to highlight the impact of socio-professional changes during the COVID-19 on the activity of 400 teachers from Romania. The designed construct was validated and subsequently a model was proposed, by using factor analysis and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). The article brings updated information on the complex relationship between stress and resilience in the case of employees from the area of education. Among other results, the present research highlights the structure of work engagement and the mediating role of professional support in the relationship between stressors and resilience mechanisms. Full article
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