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Sustainable Civilization

Sustainable Civilization

by Klaas Van Egmond

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In order to be sustainable, a civilization must maintain the balance between 'mind' and 'matter' and between the egocentric 'I' and 'the others'. This book investigates how new institutional arrangements in politics, economy and finance can resolve the current crisis of social values by restoring this delicate balance between opposing forces.

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ISBN-13: 9781349480104
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Klaas van Egmond is Professor of Sustainability and Environment at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Previously, he was Director of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. He completed several studies on all aspects of environment and sustainability for the Dutch government, the EU and the UN.

Table of Contents

PART I: WESTERN CIVILIZATION IN CRISIS 1.1. Economic Growth and Social Progress 1.2. The Ecological Crisis 1.3. Economy versus Ecology 1.4. Limits to Growth 1.5. The Financial Crisis – 'No One Saw This Coming' 1.6. The Socio Cultural Issue 1.7. Sustainability and the Quality of Life 1.8. Summary PART II: HUMAN VALUE ORIENTATIONS; WORLD VIEWS 2.1. Social Surveys 2.2. Philosophical and Religious Notes 2.3. The Resulting World View 2.4. Summary PART III: THE LABORATORY OF HISTORY 3.1. History Repeats Itself 3.2. Overshoot and Collapse of Value Orientations 3.3. Centrifugal Forces 3.4. The Power of Identity 3.5. Reversal of Ends and Means 3.6. What Will Happen Next? 3.7. Summary PART IV: THE WEST AND THE EAST 5. The Message of Culture and Religion 5.1. Culture 5.2. Spirituality and Consciousness 5.3. Summary PART V: SUSTAINABLE CIVILIZATION 6.1. Ethics 6.2. Human Dignity 6.3. Good, Truth and Beauty 6.4. Freedom and Free Will 6.5. Human Rights 6.6. Democracy and Social Responsibility 6.7. Summary PART VII: AGENDA FOR A SUSTAINABLE CIVILIZATION 7.1. The Political Task; the Radical Centre 7.2. People, the Social Issue 7.3. Planet; the Environmental Issue 7.4. Profit; Economy and Finance 7.5. Summary PART VIII: SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY 8.1. Economic Means to Social Ends 8.2. Ownership, Economical Scale and Dematerialization 8.3. Summary PART IX: SUSTAINABLE FINANCE 9.1. Financial History 9.2. A New Financial System 9.3. Summary PART X: THE NEXT STEP 10.1. Crisis 10.2. A New Form of Governance 10.3. Agenda 10.4. An End to the Caricature 10.5. Sustainable Civilization

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