Farming systems research and spirituality : an analysis of the foundations of professionalism in developing sustainable farming systems

A.M. van Eijk

Research output: Thesisexternal PhD, WU

Abstract

<p>The practicability of the comprehensive FSR concept is problematic. Contemporary FSR must be positioned at the point of overlap between the positivist and constructivist paradigms, which are both grounded in a continual identification with the rational-empirical consciousness, in <em>thinking</em> -being.</p><p>Spirituality, defined as the process in which one systematically trains the receptivity to gain regular access to transcendental consciousness, emphasizes the experience of just <em>being</em> , of <em>consciousness-as-such</em> . It is an experiential spirituality, which is not based on dogmas, but on do-it-yourself techniques to break the continuous spell of the rational-empirical consciousness. Such a spirituality facilitates the cultivation of societally and environmentally friendly behavior. Sustainability can be defined as the integrative 'emergent property' of experiential spirituality and rational morality based on negotiated agreements.</p><p>In addition to the outward-oriented approaches of the positivist and constructivist paradigms, an inward-oriented approach, focusing on consciousness development, is recommended. Language-mediated interaction must be supported by consciousness-mediated interaction.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Goewie, E.A., Promotor
  • Röling, N.G., Promotor
Award date18 Dec 1998
Place of PublicationS.l.
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789054859802
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • farming systems research
  • philosophy
  • interdisciplinary research
  • sustainability
  • consciousness
  • attitudes
  • metaphysics

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