Reconstructing Nature: Alienation, Emancipation, and the Division of Labour

Routledge (1996)
Abstract
One of the main features of the contemporary environmental crisis is that no one has a clear picture of what is taking place. Environmental problems are real enough but they bring home the inadequacy of our knowledge. How does the natural world relate to the social world? Why do we continue to have such a poor understanding? How can ecological knowledge be made to relate to our understanding of human society? Reconstructing Nature argues that the division of labor is a key but neglected factor underlying people's inability to adequately understand and relate to the natural world. The argument extends Marx's theory of alienation to account for inadequate knowledge and therefore inadequate concern for nature. Using recent developments in "critical realist" philosophy, the book aims to find ways of reorganizing knowledge in the light of ecological consciousness. It also corrects the emphasis of much environmental literature by focusing on production rather than consumption.
Keywords Human ecology Philosophy  Division of labor  Marxian school of sociology
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Call number GF21.D49 1996
ISBN(s) 0415089220   0415089212   9780415089210   9780415089227
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