Co-Evolution of Nature and Society

Foundations for Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies

  • Jens¬†Jetzkowitz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jens Jetzkowitz
    Pages 1-55
  3. Jens Jetzkowitz
    Pages 57-82
  4. Jens Jetzkowitz
    Pages 83-168
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-233

About this book


This book offers support for interdisciplinary research on the interactions of nature and society. It is based on the hypothesis that a science of coevolution is needed to explore paths to a sustainable future. Jens Jetzkowitz initially discusses why social science knowledge only rarely finds its way into sustainability discourse. One significant issue is a view of science that separates knowing and acting, and the book illustrates current problems in conceptualising interdisciplinary knowledge production. It then goes one step further and introduces a workable alternative concept, taking philosophical pragmatism as a point of departure. Sustainable development goals and transdisciplinarity are currently subject to widespread discussions and Jetzkowitz takes a stance on the debates from the perspective of coevolutionary science.

This book will appeal to scholars and students interested in environmental and sustainability discourses and to anyone willing to think outside the box.


sustainability science nature and society environmental sociology socio-ecological interactions biodiversity sustainability discourse science of co-evolution nature-mind dualism Kant interdisciplinary research transdisciplinarity interdisciplinary knowledge production

Authors and affiliations

  • Jens¬†Jetzkowitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Helmut Schmidt UniversityHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Palgrave Macmillan, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96651-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96652-6
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