Marx and the Earth
Burkett, Paul; Foster, John Bellamy
Date Written: 18/01/2016
Year Published: 2017 First Published: 2016
Pages: 308pp ISBN: 9789004229242
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX20150
John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett respond to recent ecosocialist criticisms of Marx, offering a full-fledged anti-critique. They thus extend their earlier pioneering work on Marxs ecology, providing the basis for a new red-green synthesis.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 The Dialectic of Organic and Inorganic Relations
Chapter 2 The Origins of Ecological Economics: Podolinsky and Marx-Engels
Chapter 3 Classical Marxism and Energetics
Chapter 4 Engels, Entropy, and the Heat Death Hypothesis
Chapter 5 The Reproduction of Economy and Society
Conclusion: Marx and Metabolic Restoration
Sergei Podolinsky, 'Socialism and the Unity of Physical Forces'
(Translated from the Italian)
Sergei Podolinsky, 'Human Labour and Unity of Force'
(Translated from the German)
A decade and a half ago John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett introduced a new, revolutionary understanding of the ecological foundations of Marxs thought, demonstrating that Marxs 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 Marxs 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-critiquepointing 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.