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Progress requires the conquest of nature. Or does it? This startling new account overturns conventional interpretations of Marx and in the process outlines a more rational approach to the current environmental crisis.

Marx, it is often assumed, cared only about industrial growth and the development of economic forces. John Bellamy Foster examines Marx's neglected writings on capitalist agriculture and soil ecology, philosophical naturalism, and evolutionary theory. He shows that Marx, known as a powerful critic of capitalist society, was also deeply concerned with the changing human relationship to nature.

Marx's Ecology covers many other thinkers, including Epicurus, Charles Darwin, Thomas Malthus, Ludwig Feuerbach, P. J. Proudhon, and William Paley.

By reconstructing a materialist conception of nature and society, Marx's Ecology challenges the spiritualism prevalent in the modern Green movement, pointing toward a method that offers more lasting and sustainable solutions to the ecological crisis.

About the Author

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review. He is professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and author of Naked Imperialism, Ecology Against Capitalism, Marx's Ecology, and The Vulnerable Planet.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583670125
Author:
Foster, John Bellamy
Publisher:
Monthly Review Press
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Marx, Karl
Subject:
Communism and ecology
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.04x6.04x.98 in. 1.06 lbs.

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