Tensions in the paradigm of environmental economics: An analysis inspired by Dooyeweerd’s philosophy

Ad van Geesbergen, Johan Graafland, Jan Hoogland

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Abstract

This article critically analyzes the environmental economics paradigm of David Pearce and Robert Kerry Turner. Our analysis is inspired by the philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd, in particular his transcendental criticism and theory of modalities. We describe how Pearce and Turner theorize the concept of sustainable development. On the basis of this description we identify immanent tensions in their approach and analyze to what extent these tensions are caused by implicit normative presuppositions in the key concepts used by Pearce and Turner. Finally, we examine whether Dooyeweerd’s conception of the economic aspect can diminish these tensions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-88
JournalPhilosophia Reformata
Volume85
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020

Keywords

  • transcendental criticism
  • theory of modalities
  • evocative argumentation
  • environmental economics
  • willingness to pay
  • homo economicus
  • considered preferences

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