Foundations of Science

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 261–268 | Cite as

The Concept of Sustainable Development Revisited

  • Fernando Dias de Avila-Pires
  • Luiz Carlos Mior
  • Vilênia Porto Aguiar
  • Susana Regina de Mello Schlemper
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Abstract

The concept of sustainable development is here revised in the light of a brief historical analysis, followed by a semantic analysis of the expressions development and sustainability. The authors criticize the common use of this concept in a loose way or in wide generalizations, to conclude, based on the principles of human ecology, that it is only possible to make it operational in limited spans of time and in limited spatial units.

development geosystems human ecology sustainability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Dias de Avila-Pires
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luiz Carlos Mior
    • 3
  • Vilênia Porto Aguiar
    • 3
  • Susana Regina de Mello Schlemper
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute Oswaldo CruzBelgium
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBelgium
  3. 3.Doctorate ProgramUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaBelgium

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