Eco-Republic : What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living / Melissa Lane.
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- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
1 online resource (257 p.)
- Climatic changes -- Philosophy.
Climatic changes -- Political aspects.
Sustainability -- Philosophy.
Sustainability -- Political aspects.
- Electronic books.
- An ecologically sustainable society cannot be achieved without citizens who possess the virtues and values that will foster it, and who believe that individual actions can indeed make a difference. Eco-Republic draws on ancient Greek thought--and Plato's Republic in particular--to put forward a new vision of citizenship that can make such a society a reality. Melissa Lane develops a model of a society whose health and sustainability depend on all its citizens recognizing a shared standard of value and shaping their personal goals and habits accordingly. Bringing together the moral and political ideas of the ancients with the latest social and psychological theory, Lane illuminates the individual's vital role in social change, and articulates new ways of understanding what is harmful and what is valuable, what is a benefit and what is a cost, and what the relationship between public and private well-being ought to be.Eco-Republic reveals why we must rethink our political imagination if we are to meet the challenges of climate change and other urgent environmental concerns. Offering a unique reflection on the ethics and politics of sustainability, the book goes beyond standard approaches to virtue ethics in philosophy and current debates about happiness in economics and psychology. Eco-Republic explains why health is a better standard than happiness for capturing the important links between individual action and social good, and diagnoses the reasons why the ancient concept of virtue has been sorely neglected yet is more relevant today than ever.
Part I. INERTIA
Prologue to Chapter 1: Plato's Cave
1. Introduction: Inertia as Failure of the Political Imagination
An Unconsciously Platonic Prologue to Chapter 2: Carbon Detox
2. From Greed to Glory: Ancient to Modern Ethics - and Back Again?
Prologue to Chapter 3: Plato's Ring of Gyges
3. Underpinning Inertia: The Idea of Negligibility
Part II. IMAGINATION
Prologue to Chapter 4: Post-Platonic Perspectives on the Republic
4. Meet Plato's Republic
Prologue to Chapter 5: Plato on Why Virtue Matters
5. The City and the Soul
Prologue to Chapter 6: Plato's Idea of the Good
6. The Idea of the Good
Part III. INITIATIVE
Prologue to Chapter 7: Revisiting Plato's Cave
7. Initiative and Individuals: A (Partly) Platonic Political Project
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -233) and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781400838356 doi
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