Sustainability and Human Being: Towards the Hidden Centre of Authentic Education

  • Michael BonnettEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


It is argued that while the idea of sustainable development fails adequately to provide a way forward for addressing our current environmental crisis, the idea of sustainability contains the germ of an understanding of the character of human consciousness that places our relationship with nature at the heart of both human being and authentic education. A phenomenological approach is developed to explore some key aspects of our experience of nature—particularly its “otherness” and intrinsic normativity. The potential of the mutually sustaining relationship with nature that emerges for shaping our outlook on the world, and revealing the subverting effects of the scientism that is taken to permeate contemporary Western-style culture, are discussed. Some broad implications for a re-envisioned education are sketched.


Authentic education Human being Intentionality Nature Scientism Sustainability 


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  1. 1.Independent ScholarUK Universities of CambridgeLondonEngland

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