Post Script: Responding to Existential Risks

  • Janet McIntyre-MillsEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


The problem with integrated approaches is that they need to preserve space for doubt, diversity and disagreement. But the axiom that needs to guide this freedom is that we should not allow freedom and rights of some to undermine the rights and freedoms of others and future generations of life. This is where transformation is needed. Much of the activity which takes place in the social and natural sciences is in the areas of knowledge that focus on research on others. We need to do some research on our own lives and to reflect on the consequences of our choices. Instead of idealism and essentialist categories, we need to extend our vision to take into account the social, economic and environmental consequences for future generations of life.


Environmental Justice Social Democracy Gated Community Global Common Sentient Creature 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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