Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Ethical Considerations on Sustainable Development

  • Joseph KaruzisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_346


Ethical Considerations on Sustainable Development can be defined as a set of ethical inquiries that assist in determining correct actions and the best pathways to take in relation to sustainable practices and development.

Part One: Introduction

Ethics is the branch of philosophy that is charged with the task of determining virtuous human actions. An ethical investigation attempts to show why something is right or wrong and how virtuous and correct actions can lead to living a good life. Due to the infinite permutations found within human actions and life itself, ethical solutions are imprecise and may require adjustments or modifications depending upon unforeseen and known or unknown variabilities and factors. This is true and apparent when conducting ethical investigations into sustainable development. Ethical resolutions of questions found within sustainable development may be applicable to some countries or cities, yet irrelevant or even harmful to others. Aristotle...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Judy Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Design,Program Manager, Master of Disaster Design and DevelopmentRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia