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Sustainability Beyond Technology

Philosophy, Critique, and Implications for Human Organization

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2021-03-29
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Current debates on sustainability are building on a problematic assumption that technological advancement is a desired phenomenon, creating positive change in human organizations. This transdisciplinary book develops a new way to conceptualize and examine technology, and outlines feasible alternatives for sustainability beyond technology.
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Bobby Banerjee, Professor of Management, City, University of London This is a thoughtful collection of essays that offer a much needed transdisciplinary critique of technological quick fixes to the challenges of sustainability. The authors provide some compelling insights into theories and practices of sustainability.

Pratima Bansal, Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School There is much written about sustainability and business and capitalism, but too little about the interface of sustainability and technology. Yet, technology may hold the key to our collective future prosperity or failure. This important volume raises important and provocative issues. It is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the philosophical underpinnings of the relationship between sustainability and technology.

Vincent Blok, Associate Professor in Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation, Wageningen University Sustainability beyond Technology offers a new philosophical perspective within the quickly growing field of philosophy of sustainable development. While philosophers of technology traditionally do not take environmental issues into account, such an uncritical stance is no longer possible in the age of global warming. The authors of this volume open a new and critical perspective on the great acceleration accompanying technological progress and fill a major gap in our understanding of sustainable technology and innovation. The book is a must read for philosophers of technology who are interested in the opportunities and limitations of 'Earthing Technology' in the Anthropocene.

Steffen Bhm, Professor in Organisation and Sustainability, University of Exeter Humanity is facing a range of sustainability challenges, from climate change to biodiversity loss, health pandemics to food insecurity. New technology is often portrayed as the silver bullet solution to these challenges: geoengineering, vaccines, lab-grown food, etc.; the list of technological innovations that promise to save the planet and humanity is long. Sustainability Beyond Technology critically engages with these debates, putting today's technological hopes into their philosophical and historical contexts. The authors are able to unpack the blinding optimism that is often connected with technology without being luddites. The book puts forward a critical evaluation of technological progress, offering its readers alternative pathways to the sustainability transition.

Robin Holt, Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School In varied ways, the authors attune the reader to how technology organizes and mediates human action and thought, often in ways that continue to belittle and degrade the wider environments upon which they have been dependent for continued life. Whether framed as parasitical, ignorant, or arrogant, the essays tease out the paradoxical and problematic nature of this long...

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Pasi Heikkurinen is Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Helsinki, Visiting Lecturer in Business and Sustainable Change at the University of Leeds, and Adjunct Professor in Sustainability and Organizations at Aalto University School of Business. He is the co-editor of Strongly Sustainable Societies: Organising Human Activities on a Hot and Full Earth (Routledge, 2019) (together with Professor Karl Johan Bonnedahl) and editor of Sustainability and Peaceful Coexistence for the Anthropocene (Routledge, 2017). His research has been published in the leading journals in the field of sustainable organizations, including Business Strategy and the Environment; Ecological Economics; Environment and Planning; Journal of Business Ethics; and Organization & Environment. Toni Ruuska is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki. He is the author of Reproduction Revisited: Capitalism, Higher Education and Ecological Crisis (MayFly, 2018). His research has been published in leading journals in the field of sustainable organizations, including Ecological Economics; Philosophy of Management; Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization; Journal of Cleaner Production, and Sustainability.


1: Toni Ruuska and Pasi Heikkurinen: Technology and Sustainability: An Introduction Part I. Conceptualizing Technology 2: Thomas Wallgren and Niklas Toivakainen: The Question of Technology: From Noise to Reflection 3: Andreas Roos: Earthing Philosophy of Technology: A Case for Ontological Materialism 4: Pasi Heikkurinen: A technological Experience Unfolding: Meaning for the Post-Anthropocene Part II. Confronting Technology 5: Jani Pulkki and Veli-Matti Varri: Competition Within Technology: A Study on Competitive Thought and Moral Growth 6: Toni Ruuska: Conditions for Alienation: Technology Development and Capital Accumulation 7: Tere Vaden: What Does Fossil Energy tell us About Technology? 8: Alf Hornborg: Reversing the Industrial Revolution: Theorizing the Distributive Dimensions of Energy Transitions Part III. Changing Technology 9: Karl Johan Bonnedahl: An Economy Beyond Instrumental Rationality 10: Iana Nesterova: Small, Local, and Low-Tech Firm Firms as Agents of Sustainable Change 11: David Skrbina and Renee Kordie: Creative Reconstruction of the Technological Society: A Path to Sustainability 12: Pasi Heikkurinen and Toni Ruuska: Technology and Sustainability: A Conclusion