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: 04/14/1992

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 new

Overview

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:
04/14/1992
Series:
SUNY series in Environmental Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I: Staking out the Green Terrain

1: The Development of Modern Ecopolitical Thought: From Participation and Survival to Emancipation

Introduction
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Participation
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Survival
The Environmental Problematic as a Crisis of Culture and Character and as an Opportunity for Emancipation
The Emancipatory Critique of Conservatism, Liberalism, and Orthodox Marxism
The Anthropocentric/Ecocentric Cleavage within Emancipatory Thought

2. Exploring the Environmental Spectrum: From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism

Introduction
Major Streams of Environmentalism
Resource Conservation
Human Welfare Ecology
Preservationism
Animal Liberation
Ecocentrism

3. Ecocentrism Explained and Defended

Introduction
Ecocentrism Explained
Some Common Criticisms and Misunderstandings
Three Varieties of Ecocentrism

Autopoietic Intrinsic Value Theory
Transpersonal Ecology
Ecofeminism

Part II: An Ecocentric Analysis of Green Political Thought

4. The Ecocentric Challenge to Marxism

Introduction
The Theoretical Roots
Orthodox Eco-Marxism
Humanist Eco-Marxism
Beyond Marxism

5. The Failed Promise of Critical Theory

Introduction
The Legacy of Horkheimer, Adorno, and Marcuse
Habermasian Revisions
The Ecocentric Critique
The "Good Life" Revisited

6. Ecosocialism: The Post-Marxist Synthesis

Introduction
The Ecosocialist Critique

Farewell to Scientific Socialism and the Economic Growth Consensus
The Problematic Role of the Working Class
The New Internationalism

The Meaning and Lesson of Ecology according to Ecosocialism
The Ecosocialist Agenda
Evaluation: More Democracy or More Bureaucracy?
An Alternative Green Market Economy

7. Ecoanarchism: The Non-Marxist Visionaries

Introduction
The Social Ecology of Murray Bookchin

Bookchin's Social Hierarchy Thesis
Bookchin's Evolutionary Stewardship Thesis

Ecocommunalism

Monasticism Revisited
Bioregionalism

Does Ecocentrism Demand Ecoanarchism?

Are Humans "Essentially" Cooperative?
The "Other Side" of Decentralization, Local Democracy, and Human Scale

The Ecoanarchist Model of Autonomy as Self-Management

Conclusion

Documentation

Bibliography

Index

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