By Christian U. Becker (auth.)

The ebook identifies the explicit moral features of sustainability and develops moral instruments to research them. It additionally presents a methodological framework to combine moral and clinical analyses of sustainability matters, and explores the concept of a brand new form of self-reflective inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability study. With this, the publication goals to reinforce the final skill of teachers to give a contribution to the research and answer of sustainability matters in an inclusive and built-in way.

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Both, theoretical assumptions and social patterns of action are actualized and stabilized by institutional settings. Furthermore, institutional settings can develop their own inherent dynamics, which further influence action and thought. In other words, it is neither an isolated fundamental pattern of thought nor a specific concrete institution that affects our individual and social thoughts, actions, and relationships, but rather complex conglomerates of theoretical and practical patterns working together 40 6 Sustainability, Institutions, and Patterns of Thought and Action in institutionalized frameworks.

Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. Kant, I. [1788](1998). Kritik der praktischen Vernunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp. MacIntyre, A. (1985). After virtue. London: Duckworth. Newton, L. H. (2003). Ethics and sustainability. Sustainable development and the moral life. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall. 8 See, however, Sherwin (2008) for a more demanding and comprehensive programmatic call for a new kind of bioethics based on feminist relational theory. Sherwin particularly identifies the crucial ethical meaning of social institutions and organizations for issues of bioscience and argues for a public ethics that shall explicitly refer to the ethics of institutions and organizations, and its relation to individual morality.

Deontology may avoid some difficulties in respect to the ethics of the relationship between contemporaries and future generations. Deontology does not refer to the consequences of actions, but rather to the rational motivation and justification of actions. How one ought to act is defined by reason. Reason is able to determine the fundamental ethical guidelines, and this is the basis for the relation between all rational beings (Kant [1785]1998, [1788]1998). This approach, therefore, does not necessarily distinguish between now living rational beings and rational beings living in the future.

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