Essay Series 3 results

To explore the Meaning and Moral Framing of Sustainable Prosperity, we have commissioned six papers by leading international philosophers and social theorists, each adopting a distinctive and divergent perspective on the topic. The authors of these papers are (in order): Melissa Lane, Princeton University; Roger Scruton; John Bellamy Foster, University of Oregon; Ingrid Robeyns, Utrecht University; John O’Neill, Manchester; Ruth Levitas, Bristol University.

These connect questions of human flourishing with those of economic and environmental policy, seeking the normative foundations and possible institutions that might underpin sustainable prosperity in future. Papers are published once a month over the first half of 2017. They are written with the purpose of enriching public debate, and will each receive responses from members of the CUSP team as they appear. Finally, the authors will be brought together at a conference to explore the meaning and moral framing of sustainable prosperity on 7 June 2017 in London.

The Meaning of Work in a Sustainable Society: A Marxian View | Essay by John Bellamy Foster

The nature and meaning of work has divided thinkers across the fields since the Industrial Revolution. In his Marxian take on the meaning of work John Bellamy Foster argues that the real potential for any future sustainable society rests not so much on its expansion of leisure time, but rather on its capacity to generate a new world of creative and collective work controlled by the associated producers.

Settling Down and Marking Time | Essay by Roger Scruton

Can we create communities that are both prosperous and sustainable? And can we do this while retaining democratic procedures? These are huge questions and, like others who have addressed them, Roger Scruton is by no means convinced that he has a persuasive answer. But an answer is more likely to be found, he argues, "in the legacy of conservative thinking, than by adopting the standpoint of the top-down plan."

A New Professional Ethics for Sustainable Prosperity | Essay by Melissa Lane

Whose job is it to save the planet? Apart from a very few people the task is not in anyone’s job description. Yet, to achieve sustainable prosperity, we can’t afford to hide behind the permissions attached to our professional roles as they now stand, argues Melissa Lane in the first essay of our new CUSP essay series on the ethics of sustainable prosperity.