Cautious Utopias: Environmental goal-setting with long time frames
2015 (English)In: Ethics, Policy & Environment, ISSN 2155-0085, E-ISSN 2155-0093, Vol. 18, no 2, 187-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development is a common goal in the public sector but may be difficult to implement due to epistemic uncertainties and required long time frames. This paper proposes that some of these problems can be solved by formulating cautious utopias, entailing a relationship between means and goals differing from both utopian and realistic goal-setting. Cautiously utopian goals are believed, but not certain, to be achievable and to remain desirable, but are open to future adjustments due to changing desires and/or factual circumstances. Quality criteria for such goals are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2015. Vol. 18, no 2, 187-201 p.
means-end relationship; planning; goal-setting; utopian goals; climate change; sustainable development
Research subject Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144914DOI: 10.1080/21550085.2015.1070487ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84938427229OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-144914DiVA: diva2:715363
QC 20150629. QC 201602122014-05-052014-05-052016-02-12Bibliographically approved