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(Trans-)planetary sustainability once more – a reply to Losch

  • Claus Beisbart (a1)

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In this reply to Losch (2019), I show that, Losch's own judgement notwithstanding, his plea for a concept of (trans-)planetary sustainability does propose conceptual change. I further argue that he has not provided convincing reasons to think that the label ‘planetary’ is superior to ‘trans-planetary’. I summarize my concerns about the plea for introducing the notion of (trans-)planetary sustainability and a related ethics.

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Author for correspondence: Claus Beisbart, E-mail: Claus.Beisbart@philo.unibe.ch

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