Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique

Marx and the Earth An Anti Critique A decade and a half ago John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett introduced a new revolutionary understanding of the ecological foundations of Marx s thought demonstrating that Marx s concepts of the un

  • Title: Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique
  • Author: John Bellamy Foster Paul Burkett
  • ISBN: 9789004229242
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A decade and a half ago John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett introduced a new, revolutionary understanding of the ecological foundations of Marx s thought, demonstrating that Marx s concepts of the universal metabolism of nature, social metabolism, and metabolic rift prefigured much of modern systems ecology Ecological relations were shown to be central to Marx s critiqueA decade and a half ago John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett introduced a new, revolutionary understanding of the ecological foundations of Marx s thought, demonstrating that Marx s concepts of the universal metabolism of nature, social metabolism, and metabolic rift prefigured much of modern systems ecology Ecological relations were shown to be central to Marx s critique of capitalism, including his value analysis Now in Marx and the Earth Foster and Burkett expand on this analysis in the process of responding to recent ecosocialist criticisms of Marx The result is a full fledged anti critique pointing to the crucial roles that dialectics, open system thermodynamics, intrinsic value, and aesthetic understandings played in the original Marxian critique, holding out the possibility of a new red green synthesis.

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    1. Marx and the Earth was good in the way that all of Foster's writing is good - clear, well written, consistent. At times in this book, however, I wondered if the authors were working a little too close to the coal face: the argument against Martinez-Alier's assertions about Marx/Engels and entropy seemed excessive, even obsessive. On the other hand, I will be unlikely to ever question the role of Marx & Engels in (dialectically) integrating ecology into social/economic thinking.

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