Sustainable development is a partly normative concept: a sustainable development is supposed to be a desirable development. But depending on how the sustainability idea is understood, a goal of sustainable development will generate different policies and strategies.
Despite the facts that sustainable development is a normative concept and that there is no consensus as to how the sustainability idea should be understood, discussions of the ethical aspects of the concept have occupied proportionatly little space in the debate concerning sustainable development. The Project aims to investigate questions relating to the ethical dimension of the sustainability idea: What could a moral philosophical defence of the goal of sustainability look like? What do different non-anthropocentric ethical theories have to say about sustainable development? What normative censequences do we have to accept provided we adopt a certain version of the goal of sustainability?