4.1  Literature Recommendations

Key Literature


Recommendations for Further Reading

  1. Nassim Nicholas Taleb – The Black Swan,
  2. Leonard Mlodinow – The Drunkard’s Walk

4.2  References


Augustine, A (1961) Confessions (translated by R.S. Pine-coffin). Penguin, Middlesex.

Cusa, Nicolas of (1964) De Docta Ignorantia (Die belehrte Unwissenheit). P. Wilpert (ed.), Verlag von Felix Meiner, Hamburg. This is the first philosophical text which deals extensively with the phenomenon of ignorance

Faber, M., Manstetten, R., Proops, J.L.R. (1998) Ecological Economics: Concepts and Methods, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Chapter 11 is basic for this element.

Faber, M., Manstetten, R. (2007) Was ist Wirtschaft? Von der Politischen Ökonomie zur Ökologischen Ökonomie, Alber, Freiburg.

Faber, M., Manstetten, R. (2010) Philosophical Basics of Ecology and Economy. Routledge Oxon and New York. Chapter 4 is basic for this element.

Faber, M. and Proops, J.L.R with the cooperation R. Manstetten (1998) Evolution, time, Production and the Environment. Third, revised and enlarged edition. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Funtowicz, S.O. and Ravetz, J.R. (1990) Uncertainty and Quality in Science for Policy. Kluwer and Dordrecht. This is the first book which deals with the problem of uncertainty within the context of Ecological Economics.

Gleick, J.W. (1988) Chaos: Making a New Science, Heinemann, London. This book gives a popular-scientific portrayal of the phenomenon chaos.

Hayek, F.A. von (1973) Die Theorie komplexer Phänomene. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), Tübingen

Kant, I. (1956) Kritik der reinen Vernunft, in: W. Weisschedel (ed.) I. Kant: Werkausgabe, vol. 3. und 4., Suhrkamp, Frankfurt.

Knight, F. (1921) Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit. Houghton Mifflin, Boston. This is the classic economic text on risk and uncertainty.

Laplace, P.S. (1996) Philosophischer Versuch über die Wahrscheinlichkeit, 2. Edition Harri Deutsch, Frankfurt.

Lorenz, E.N. (1963) Deterministic Non-Period Flows, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences 20:130-141. This is the pioneering paper on chaos.

Luhmann, H.-J. (2001) Die Blindheit der Gesellschaft, Gerling Akademie Verlag, München.

Plato (1972) The Dialogues of Plato, Clarendon Press, Oxford.

Shackle, G.L.S. (1955) Uncertainty in Economics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Perhaps the major text on uncertainty in economics.

Smithson, M.  1988  Ignorance and Uncertainty: Emerging Paradigms.  Heidelberg, Springer-Verlag.



Baumgärtner, S., H. Dyckhoff, M. Faber, J.L.R. Proops and J. Schiller (2001), ‘The concept of joint production and ecological economics’, Ecological Economics 36(3), 365–372.

Baumgärtner, S., M. Faber, J. Schiller (2006), Joint Production and Responsibility in Ecological Economics. On the foundations of Environmental Policy. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham/Northampton.

Bloch, E. (1959), Das Prinzip Hoffnung, Frankfurt: Suhrkamp.

Kant, I. (2000) [1790], Critique of the Power of Judgement, The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jonas, H. (1979) Das Prinzip der Verantwortung. Versuch einer Ethik für die technologische Zivilisation. Surami, Frankfurt. English translation: The Imperative of Responsibility. In Search of an Ethics fort the Technological Age. Chicago University Press, Chicago. A fundamental text on the Precautionary Principle and responsibility.

Raffensperger, C. and J.A. Tickner (eds.) (1999), Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle, Washington, DC: Island Press.

Sandin, P. (2004), ‘The precautionary principle and the concept of precaution’, Environmental Values, 13, 461–475.

Turner, D. and L. Hartzell (2004), ‘The lack of clarity in the precautionary principle’, Environmental Values, 13, 449–60.