Studies in Cosmology & Culture

The Harmony Debates

Exploring a Practical Philosophy for a Sustainable Future

Edited by Nicholas Campion
Foreward by HRH The Prince of Wales


The word Harmony appears in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development no less than three times, yet with no definition. This anthology gathers together an interdisciplinary array of experts, academics and practitioners to explore what Harmony means and how we can use it.

One traditional view of Harmony holds that everything in the universe operates in a state of balance, another assumes the interconnectedness of all things – an idea central to ecological thought. Such thoughts also lead to action and policy decisions: for example, how do we conduct business, educate children, conduct business, protect the environment, resolve conflict and promote health and well-being in a world in which all things are fundamentally connected?

The chapters in this volume explore Harmony from a range of perspectives, historical and philosophical, academic and personal. Rather than suggesting fixed answers, the goal is to ask questions about how we relate to each other, engage with the wider environment, face the challenges of the modern world, and work towards holistic solutions for today’s problems.


Nicholas Campion is Associate Professor of Cosmology and Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Director of the University’s Harmony Institute.

The Harmony Debates is published in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Sustainable Food Trust

              Table of Contents



HRH the Prince of Wales        Foreword: Harmony


Nicholas Campion Introduction

John Eliot Gardiner, ‘Towards a Definition of Harmony in Music and Agriculture’


David Cadman, ‘The Principles of Harmony’


Wendy Buonaventura, ‘Mind, Body and Dance’


Sophie Howard, ‘Harmony and Sculpture’


Toto Gill. ‘A Harmony Bibliography’


Angus Slater, ‘Difference, Beauty, and the Divine: Harmony in Religious Plurality’


Joseph Milne, ‘The Harmony of the Cosmos, the Soul, and Society in Plato’


Crystal Addey ‘The Connected Cosmos: Harmony, Cosmology and Theurgy in Neoplatonism’


David Rubin, ‘Harmony and Judaism’


Rhodri Thomas, ‘The Bible: A Guidebook for Harmony?’

M.A. Rashed, ‘Harmony in Islamic Cosmology: Subjugation, Sujūd and Oneness in Islamic Philosophical Thought’

Jeremy Naydler, ‘The Perennial Philosophy and the Recovery of a Theophanic View of Nature’

Jack Hunter, ‘Harmony and Ecology: Notions of Harmony and Balance in Nature’


Stephan Harding. ‘Nature’s Fragile Harmonies’.


Rupert Sheldrake, ‘Science and Spirituality’


Ilaria Cristofaro, ‘Harmonising with Land, Sea and Sky’


Scherto Gill, ‘Peace from the Perspective of Harmony’


Sneha Roy, ‘Rethinking Women and Leadership in Myanmar: A prerequisite of a Harmonious Society’


Louise Emanuel, ‘Harmony, Nostalgia and a Sense of Place’

Eve Annecke, ‘The Harmony of Place’


Kayleen Asbo, ‘Learning By Heart: My Journey as a Pythagorean’


Nick Campion. ‘The Bigger Picture: Harmony and the Cosmos’


Alan Ereira, ‘Finding Sea Level: The concept of harmony in the culture of the Kággaba (Kogi) people of Colombia’.


Trevor Leaman, ‘Harmonising the Land and Sky in Aboriginal Dreamings’

Helen Browning, ‘Harmony and the Farm as an Ecosystem’


Angie Polkey, ‘Harmony and Permaculture’.

Gunhild Stordalen, ‘The Food System’


Luci Attala, ‘Mind the Gap! Exploring the Gap between Harmony and the Watery Materiality of Climate Change(s) in Rural Kenya’.


John Sauven, ‘Harmony and the Climate Crisis’.


Caroline Lohmann-Hancock and Nicola Welton, ‘Reflections upon Education for Sustainability: Supporting Students’ Knowledge, Understanding and Practice’, The Harmony Debates, ed. Nicholas Campion (Lampeter: Sophia Centre Press, 2020).


Glenda Tinney, ‘Early Years Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship and the Principles of Harmony’, The Harmony Debates, ed. Nicholas Campion (Lampeter: Sophia Centre Press, 2020).

Richard Dunn and Emilie Martin, ‘Harmony in Education: Applying the principles of natural systems to learning’.


Rachel Parker. ‘Harmony and Societal Challenges: Empowering Communities’


Mike Durke, ‘From Despair to Hope: Building Harmony in a Challenged



Tony Juniper, ‘Harmony and Natural Capital’


Mark Goyder, ‘Rediscovering the Human Purposes of Business’

Dame Ellen MacArthur, ‘The Circular Economy’


Marc Andrus, ‘Science and Spirituality’


Patrick Holden, ‘A Reflection on Harmony’


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