An overview of integral ecology
Integral Institute, Resource Paper
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 2009
Pages: 1 - 14
Source ID: shanti-sources-79876
Collection: Anthropocene and the Environmental Future
Abstract: Integral ecology is a comprehensive framework for characterizing ecological dynamics and resolving environmental problems. It is comprehensive in that it both draws upon and provides a theoretical scheme for showing the relations among a variety of different methods, including those at work in the natural and social sciences, as well as in the arts and humanities. Integral ecology unites, coordinates, and mutually enriches knowledge generated from different major disciplines and approaches. Inte-gral ecology can be: a) applied within a discipline (e.g., by integrating various schools of ecology); b) applied as amulti disciplinary approach (e.g., by investigating ecological problems from severaldisciplines); c) applied as an inter disciplinary approach (e.g., by using social science methods to shedlight on economic or political aspects of environmental values); and d) applied as a trans disciplinaryapproach (e.g., by helping numerous approaches and their methodologies interface through a wellgrounded meta-framework).