The Relationship between Integral Ecology and the Pragmatic Method of William James

By Edward T. Wimberley and Scott Pellegrino.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Ken Wilber’s integral ecology (Wilber, 2011) with its emphasis upon understanding individual and collective interiorities (values and beliefs) and exteriorities (behavior and action), serves as a useful tool for analyzing and resolving challenging policy issues. This paper demonstrates how integral ecology reflects much of William James’s pragmatism such that when it is employed to link intentionality and actions consequences can be identified and meaning derived. The philosophical work of Ken Wilber and William James are discussed in terms of their potential to elucidate perspectives and possibilities in seemingly intractable environmental problems and issues.

Keywords: Ecological Pragmatics, Integral Ecology

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.55-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 431.345KB).

Dr. Edward T. Wimberley

Professor of Ecological Studies, Division of Marine and Ecological Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA

Dr. Wimberley is a professor of ecological studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, having served as the founding dean of the College of Professional Studies and the College of Education. He has published extensively and diversely in the social sciences, including work in psychiatry, health care, health policy, social work, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, and ethics and theology and ecology. He is the author of more than 30 articles in professional journals and the author of two books, including an upcoming text on ecological philosophy. He holds a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Master of Social Work from Pitt, and is an ordained Presbyterian minister, educated in theology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Divinity degree. He was educated at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Scott Pellegrino

University of St. Andrews in Aberdeen, UK

Doctoral student in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Aberdeen, Scotland.