Ecologies of Human Flourishing

Ecologies of Human Flourishing

Paperback Religions of the World and Ecology

Edited by Donald K. Swearer, Edited by Susan Lloyd McGarry, Contributions by Steven B. Bloomfield, Contributions by Lawrence Buell, Contributions by Diana L. Eck, Contributions by Paul Farmer, Contributions by Bridget Hanna, Contributions by Arthur Kleinman, Contributions by Sallie McFague, Contributions by Bill McKibben

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  • Publisher: Harvard University, Center for the Study of World Religions
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 15mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0945454457
  • ISBN 13: 9780945454458
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 2 halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,679,399

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Prominent Buddhist scholar Donald Swearer posits that the future requires a radical shift toward living in recognition of the interdependence of all life forms and the consequent ethic of communality and a lifestyle of moderation or 'enoughness' that flows from that recognition, which he calls 'an ecology of human flourishing'. In this volume, Swearer has assembled world-class thinkers to explore and imagine several dimensions of an ecology of human flourishing: economic, sociological, religious, ethical, environmental, historical, and literary. The essays of this title address how notions of human flourishing, quality of life, and common good have been constructed and, in the contemporary world, how they are illuminated or are challenged by issues of distributive justice, poverty and economic inequality, global health, and environmental sustainability. With contributors ranging from ecoactivist Bill McKibben and medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman to transformative theologian Sallie McFague and Malaysian critic of global injustice Chandra Muzzafar, the book provides ethical and religious aspirations to remake the world in the midst of the contradictions, injustices, and problems of our daily lives and today's global crises.

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Donald K. Swearer is Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and Professor Emeritus of Religion, Swarthmore College. Susan Lloyd McGarry is Managing Editor in the Office of Communications at Harvard Divinity School. Lawrence Buell is Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University. Paul Farmer is the Presley Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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From the Foreword on, this book challenges--from multiple perspectives--the prevailing 'modern' paradigm of ecological and social individualism. Individual affluence is not sustainable in a milieu of widening human deprivation and ecological collapse; nor will your well-meaning voluntary individual self-restraint stanch poverty, pollution, and climate change. Only with a visceral collective recognition that we are all embedded absolutely and inextricably in complex, interdependent eco-social networks--accompanied by determined collective action--will there emerge genuine ecologies of human flourishing.--J. Baird Callicott, Author Of Beyond The Land Ethic: More Essays In Environmental Philosophy, University Distinguished Research Professor, Department Of Philosophy And Religion Studies, University Of North Texas