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A guide for students, faculty, & staff studying or exploring sustainability.

Books from the MSL Collection

Eco-Republic: What the ancients can teach us about ethics, virtue, and sustainable living

Ancient lessons for sustainable citizenship Eco-Republic explains why health is a better standard than happiness for capturing the important links between individual action and social good, and diagnoses the reasons why the ancient concept of virtue has been sorely neglected yet is more relevant today than ever.

Co-Evolution of Nature and Society: foundations for interdisciplinary sustainability studies

This book offers support for interdisciplinary research on the interactions of nature and society. It is based on the hypothesis that a science of coevolution is needed to explore paths to a sustainable future. 

Sustainability and the Humanities

This book explores the strong links between sustainability and the humanities, which go beyond the inclusion of social sciences in discussions on sustainability, and offers a holistic discussion on the intellectual and moral aspects of sustainable development. 

Ecology and Justice - Citizenship in Biotic Communities

This is the first book to outline a basic philosophy of ecology using the standard categories of academic philosophy: metaphysics, axiology, epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and political philosophy. 

Environmental Solidarity: How religions can sustain sustainability

Beyond mere religious utilitarianism, rooted in an understanding of the deepest connections between human beings, their worldviews, and nature itself, this book tries to show how religious believers can look at the world through the eyes of faith and find a broader paradigm to sustain sustainability, proposing a model for transposing this paradigm into practice, so as to develop long-term sustainable solutions that can be tested against reality.

Environmental Humanities