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Embodying Tao in the ‘Restorative University’.

Jones, D., 2015. Embodying Tao in the ‘Restorative University’. Sustainability Science, 10 (1), 3 - 16.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0277-1


This paper proposes a new generative metaphor, the ‘Restorative University’ which embodies an associated Taoist human–nature narrative. It aims to counter what is contextualized here as the bio-cultural disconnection of universities despite their espoused commitment to sustainability. This conceptual research draws on multiple disciplines such as environmental psychology alongside Taoist philosophy to open up a reflexive dialogue between multiple organizational actors. Moreover, to understand the potential transdisciplinary implications of a particular Tian Tao-inspired narrative, the metaphor of the ‘Restorative University’ is critically reflected upon, using illustrative examples of the University in a Garden, in Malaysia and the Schumacher College, in the UK. For universities committed to sustainability, the paper highlights the significance of collective emotional and aesthetic sensibility and agency (embodying Wu Wei), alongside a grounded, local, bio-cultural sensibility (embodying P’u) within the potential enactment of the Restorative University.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainability; Tao; Metaphor; Restorative University; Wu Wei; P’u.
Group:Bournemouth University Business School
ID Code:25189
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Dec 2016 12:24
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:01


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