The human impact on the natural world is unsustainable, and the
tendency to assign education the role of remedying the problem is
increasing. However, since sustainability touches fundamentals of
human life on many levels, effective education becomes a challenge.
This book gives a historical and philosophical view of education
that deals with nature and sustainability and highlights the
ethical dilemmas that arise if we expect education to be the main
promoter of sustainability. Lili-Ann Wolff discusses these issues
by drawing from two of the most notable scholars in the Western
intellectual tradition, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Michel Foucault.
Rousseau's writings offer excellent examples of the role of both
ethics and education in dealing with sustainability. And Foucault
sets the stage for understanding such fundamental ethical and
educational issues as matters of power that act in complex networks
on both individual and social levels. The book meets the needs and
interests of a diverse audience from educational, environmental and
philosophical disciplines, but also many other readers having an
interest in contemporary discussions about education,
sustainability and nature.
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