Environment across Cultures

  • Eckart Ehlers
  • Carl Friedrich Gethmann

Part of the Wissenschaftsethik und Technikfolgenbeurteilung book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Environment Across Cultures — an Introduction

  3. The Concept of Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Rolf Peter Sieferle
      Pages 13-28
  4. Cross-Cultural Perception of Environment

  5. Religion, Ethics and Environment

  6. Sustainability among Society and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. B. Sinha, P. S. Ramakrishnan, K. G. Saxena, R. K. Maikhuri
      Pages 197-204
  7. Epilogue: Can there be Universal Principles of Circumspective Concern towards our Natural Environment?

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-217

About this book


Disparate perceptions and conceptual frameworks of environment and the relationship between humans and nature often lead to confusion, constraints on co-operation and collaboration and even conflict when society tries to deal with today’s urgent and complex environment research and policy challenges. Such disparities in perception and "world view" are driven by many factors. They include differences in culture, religion, ethical frameworks, scientific methodologies and approaches, disciplines, political, social and philosophical traditions, life styles and consumption patterns as well as alternative economic paradigms. Distribution of poverty or wealth between north and south may thus be seen as consequence of the above mentioned disparities, which is a challenge for it’s universal reasoned evaluation. This volume discusses a wide range of factors influencing "Environment across Cultures" with a view to identifying ways and means to better understand, reflect and manage such disparities within future global environmental research and policy agendas for bridging the gap between ecology and economy as well as between societies. The book is based upon the results of a scientific symposium on this topic and covers the following sections: Cross Cultural Perception of Environment; Ethics and Nature; Environment, Sustainability and Society. Corresponding contributions were made by well-known scientific authors representing different cultural spheres in accordance to the inter-cultural approach of this effort.


Nature Religion Society and Environment ecology ethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Eckart Ehlers
    • 1
  • Carl Friedrich Gethmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Europäische Akademie GmbHBad Neuenahr-AhrweilerGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07324-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-07058-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4803
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4811
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