The full title of this work is "Political, epistemological, ecological and spiritual dimensions of participation". It is a paper by Peter Reason written in 1998, in which he describes the fourfold nature of participation on our world, and its place in the philosophy of ecology.
The four aspects of participation as he describes them are:
- The political dimension concerning peoplesí right to have a say in decisions which affect them, and is linked with participatory economics and the development of learning communities
- The epistemological dimension concerning that nature of human knowing in a subjective-objective world
- The ecological dimension that counters the threats to the natural ecology which result from the positivist mindset
- The spiritual dimension that suggests that one of the primary purposes of human inquiry is to heal the splits which characterise modern Western consciousness