Dr. Bryan Norton

Dr. Bryan Norton
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Practical philosophy is philosophy that is undertaken in the context of real-world problems. Philosophical thinking can often clarify problem contexts and bring to bear careful analysis of concepts and principles of how to act. In my research, I have addressed the problems of species loss, degradation and "illness" of ecological systems, the problems of watershed management, and most recently, the problem of placing boundaries around environmental problems so that they can be modeled for study and management. In addressing these problems, I have sought unity among my views of these multiple problems by creating a theory of sustainable development that captures the key role of human values in the search for better policies to protect nature and humans of the future.