Marx and Nature
A Red and Green Perspective

Burkett, Paul
Publisher:  Haymarket Books
Date Written:  01/06/2014
Year Published:  2014   First Published:  1999
Pages:  309pp   ISBN:  978-1608463695
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX18803

While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural conditions. Paul Burkett shows that it is Marx's overriding concern with human emancipation that impels him to approach nature from the standpoint of materialist history, sociology, and critical political economy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Bellamy Foster
Introduction to the Haymarket Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I Nature and Historical Materialism
1. Requirements of a Social Ecology
2. Nature, Labor, and Production
3. The Natural Basis of Labor Productivity and Surplus Labor
4. Labor and Labor Power as Natural and Social Forces

Part II Nature and Capitalism
5. Nature, Labor, and Capitalist Production
6. Capital's "Free Appropriation" of Natural and Social Conditions
7. Capitalism and Nature: A Value-Form Approach
8. Reconsidering Some Ecological Criticisms of Marx's Value Analysis
9. Capitalism and Environmental Crisis
10. Marx's Working-Day Analysis and Environmental Crisis

Part III Nature and Communism
11. Nature and the Historical Progressivity of Capitalism
12. Nature and Capitalism's Historical Limits
13. Capital, Nature, and Class Struggle
14. Nature and Associated Production

Notes
References
Index


From publisher:

Though infrequently viewed as an environmental thinker, Karl Marx insisted that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by both historically developed relations among producers and natural conditions. Paul Burkett shows that it is Marx's overriding concern with human emancipation that impels him to approach nature from the standpoint of materialist history, sociology, and critical political economy.

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