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

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Aims to provide a detailed and comprehensive examination of the impact of environmentalism on contemporary political thought. The book sets out to disentangle the various strands of Green political thought and explain their relationship to the major
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An inquiry into the human relationship to, and impact upon, the nonhuman world, leading to a critique of anthropocentrism, which in turn prepares the ways for the outline of an alternative political framework with an ecology-centered perspective. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791410141
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: SUNY Series in Environmental Public Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents



Part I: Staking out the Green Terrain

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

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

Major Streams of Environmentalism
Resource Conservation
Human Welfare Ecology
Animal Liberation

3. Ecocentrism Explained and Defended

Ecocentrism Explained
Some Common Criticisms and Misunderstandings
Three Varieties of Ecocentrism

Autopoietic Intrinsic Value Theory
Transpersonal Ecology

Part II: An Ecocentric Analysis of Green Political Thought

4. The Ecocentric Challenge to Marxism

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

5. The Failed Promise of Critical Theory

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

6. Ecosocialism: The Post-Marxist Synthesis

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

The Social Ecology of Murray Bookchin

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


Monasticism Revisited

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





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