Dear Luis,

                Both are the result of our long-term failure to put what I call aim-oriented rationality into practice.  This emphasizes that basic aims (and associated methods) are likely to be problematic, and in need of sustained imaginative and critical scrutiny as we proceed, as we live.  Aim-oriented rationality - generalized from aim-oriented empiricism (implicit in science and responsible for scientific progress) - represents a problematic aim in the form of a hierarchy of aims (and associated methods), aims becoming less and less specific, and so less and less problematic, as one goes up the hierarchy.  In this way a framework of relatively unproblematic aims and methods is created within which much more specific and problematic aims and methods may be improved as we live.  If aim-oriented rationality had been built into our social world - into our industrial, economic, agricultural and political institutions - during the last 50 years, let us say, we would not now be facing the ecological and economic crises we do face.

                As it is, orthodox conceptions of rationality are all about means, and have nothing to do with ends.  Despite my efforts, during the last forty years to get the idea afloat, we have not yet even conceived of the basic elementary idea of aim-oriented rationality, let alone seen the need to put it into practice.

                Best wishes,

                         Nick Maxwell
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From: "Luis Gutierrez" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 8:02 AM
Subject: Economic Crisis <----> Ecological Crisis

Would this be the right place to have a discussion on the current 
economic crisis and the impending ecological crisis?

Can anyone recommend a good comparative analysis of both? I am looking 
for a good synthesis or survey-type paper, 5000 words or so, that I 
could publish/reprint in my modest e-journal.

Luis T. GutiƩrrez, PhD, PE
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