Ecologies of Human Flourishingby Donald K. Swearer
In this volume, prominent Buddhist scholar Donald Swearer posits that the future requires a radical shift toward living in recognition of the interdependence of all life forms and the consequent ethic of communality and a life style of moderation or “enoughness” that flows from that recognition, which he calls “an ecology of human flourishing.” Swearer has assembled world-class thinkers to explore and imagine several dimensions of an ecology of human flourishing: economic, sociological, religious, ethical, environmental, historical, literary; how notions of human flourishing, quality of life, and common good have been constructed; and, in the contemporary world, how they are illuminated or are challenged by issues of distributive justice, poverty and economic inequality, global health, and environmental sustainability. With contributors ranging from ecoactivist Bill McKibben and medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman, to transformative theologian Sallie McFague and Malaysian critic of global injustice Chandra Muzzafar, this book expresses ethical and religious aspirations to remake the world in the midst of the contradictions, injustices, and problems of our daily lives and today's global economic and climate crises.
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Roger S. Gottlieb, author of A Greener Faith, Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning of Age of Global Warming, Professor of Philosophy, Department of Humanities and Arts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
J. Baird Callicott, author of Beyond the Land Ethic: More Essays in Environmental Philosophy, University Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies, University of North Texas
Meet the Author
Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and Professor Emeritus of Religion, Swarthmore College.
Susan Lloyd McGarry is Managing Editor in the Office of Communications at Harvard Divinity School.
Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University.
Paul Farmer is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
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