Sustainable development: a necessary utopia?[Research paper] by Yann Auger


Yann Auger was part of the "Alternative Management" third year program in HEC in 2009

Given that liberalism is the basis of our society, how should we interpret ecological speeches from a liberal point of view? Is sustainible development an alternative? Does it set limits? Or is it an extension? This thesis defends the idea that debates about sustainible development are actually indrect debates about liberalism. The defense of liberty as autonomy, the praise of neutrality in politics and morale, of technology and progress: these central elements of the liberal doctrine are put into question by the physical limits of our development model. However, sustainible development as it is theoretically and pratically imagined today does not involve a real upheaval in those areas. Its supporters rather see in the mechanisms that led to the environmental problems the very principle of their solution. This point of view conduces them to make a hazardous bet: believing in technological progress.

Quote article  Yann Auger, « Sustainable development: a necessary utopia? », 20 may 2010, Alternative Management Observatory (AMO), [Research paper]

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