Dr. Bryan Norton on a Pragmatist Philosophy of Sustainability

Topic: A Pragmatist Philosophy of Sustainability

Institution: The School of Public Affairs at Georgia Tech University

Bio: Bryan Norton is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Science and Technology in the School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, His current research concentrates on sustainability theory and on problems of scale in the formulation of environmental problems.  He is the author of Why Preserve Natural Variety? (Princeton University Press, 1987), Toward Unity Among Environmentalists (Oxford University Press, 1991), Searching for Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management (University of Chicago Press, 2005).  Norton has contributed to journals in several fields and has served on the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the US EPA Science Advisory Board, and two terms as a member of the Governing Board of the Society for Conservation Biology. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife from 1994-2005 and is currently on their Scientific Advisory Board.  He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for the MacArthur Foundation Advancing Conservation in a Social Context Project.  Recently, Norton made an invited presentation on Synthetic Biology at a meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Episode Summary:

Professor Bryan Norton of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech University speaks about his book – Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Ecosystem Management – and how pragmatism can inform a more rigorous philosophical framework for thinking about “sustainability”.

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