Tensions in the Paradigm of Environmental EconomicsAn Analysis Inspired by Dooyeweerd’s Philosophy

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  • 2 Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • 3 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands

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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.

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