Environmentalism and Political Theory: Toward an Ecocentric Approach / Edition 1

Environmentalism and Political Theory: Toward an Ecocentric Approach / Edition 1

by Robyn Eckersley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791410145

ISBN-13: 9780791410141

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book provides the most detailed and comprehensive examination to date of the impact of environmentalism upon contemporary political thought. It sets out to disentangle the various strands of Green political thought and explain their relationship to the major Western political traditions. Environmentalism and Political Theory represents the consolidation of a

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This book provides the most detailed and comprehensive examination to date of the impact of environmentalism upon contemporary political thought. It sets out to disentangle the various strands of Green political thought and explain their relationship to the major Western political traditions. Environmentalism and Political Theory represents the consolidation of a new field of political inquiry that is destined to become an increasingly important component of political studies and political reporting worldwide. An interdisciplinary study that builds bridges between environmental philosophy, ecological thought, and political inquiry, this book employs a range of new insights from environmental philosophy to outline a particular Green political perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791410141
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Series:
SUNY Series in Environmental Public Policy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IStaking out the Green Terrain
Ch. 1The Development of Modern Ecopolitical Thought: From Participation and Survival to Emancipation7
Introduction7
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Participation8
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Survival11
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Culture and Character and as an Opportunity for Emancipation17
The Emancipatory Critique of Conservatism, Liberalism, and Orthodox Marxism21
The Anthropocentric/Ecocentric Cleavage within Emancipatory Thought26
Ch. 2Exploring the Environmental Spectrum: From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism33
Introduction33
Major Streams of Environmentalism33
Resource Conservation35
Human Welfare Ecology36
Preservationism39
Animal Liberation42
Ecocentrism45
Ch. 3Ecocentrism Explained and Defended49
Introduction49
Ecocentrism Explained49
Some Common Criticisms and Misunderstandings55
Three Varieties of Ecocentrism60
Autopoietic Intrinsic Value Theory60
Transpersonal Ecology61
Ecofeminism63
Pt. IIAn Ecocentric Analysis of Green Political Thought
Ch. 4The Ecocentric Challenge to Marxism75
Introduction75
The Theoretical Roots77
Orthodox Eco-Marxism82
Humanist Eco-Marxism87
Beyond Marxism94
Ch. 5The Failed Promise of Critical Theory97
Introduction97
The Legacy of Horkheimer, Adorno, and Marcuse100
Habermasian Revisions106
The Ecocentric Critique109
The "Good Life" Revisited116
Ch. 6Ecosocialism: The Post-Marxist Synthesis119
Introduction119
The Ecosocialist Critique120
Farewell to Scientific Socialism and the Economic Growth Consensus122
The Problematic Role of the Working Class123
The New Internationalism125
The Meaning and Lesson of Ecology according to Ecosocialism127
The Ecosocialist Agenda132
Evaluation: More Democracy or More Bureaucracy?136
An Alternative Green Market Economy140
Ch. 7Ecoanarchism: The Non-Marxist Visionaries145
Introduction145
The Social Ecology of Murray Bookchin146
Bookchin's Social Hierarchy Thesis148
Bookchin's Evolutionary Stewardship Thesis154
Ecocommunalism160
Monasticism Revisited163
Bioregionalism167
Does Ecocentrism Demand Ecoanarchism?170
Are Humans "Essentially" Cooperative?170
The "Other Side" of Decentralization, Local Democracy, and Human Scale173
The Ecoanarchist Model of Autonomy as Self-Management176
Conclusion179
Documentation187
Bibliography237
Index262

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