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Water ethics - Orientation for water conflicts as part of inter- and transdisciplinary deliberation

Grunwald, Armin

Abstract (englisch):
The notion of a water ethics has only emerged over the past 10 years. It is mainly motivated by environmental concerns and the observation of water conflicts. This chapter focuses on the ethical aspects of human interventions into water systems. It describes cultural, moral and religious attitudes towards water and reviews the state of the art in this field. Its main objective is to conceptualise water ethics on the basis of the philosophical approach of discourse ethics and to draw conclusions for ethically responsible interventions into water systems and for dealing reasonably with water conflicts. Far from promising “miracles” from water ethics, the specific added value of ethical considerations lies in providing the orientation for ongoing debates on water challenges by not only applying substantial principles, but by offering suitable procedures as well.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Buchaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-18971-0_2
ISBN: 978-3-319-18970-3
ISSN: 1614-810X
KITopen ID: 1000063286
HGF-Programm 36.02.01; LK 01
Erschienen in Society - Water - Technology : A Critical Appraisal of Major Water Engineering Projects. Ed.: R.F. Hüttl
Verlag Springer, Cham
Seiten 11-29
Serie Water Resources Development and Management
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Springer Open
Schlagworte Water ethics, Value of water, Sustainable development, Environmental justice, Equity, Responsibility, Western World, Islam, Christianity, Human right to water and sanitation
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