The Bankruptcy of Economics: Ecology, Economics and the Sustainability of the Earth

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Juni 1999



We live in times of uncertainty and insecurity, at a personal, national and global level. Writers such as Samuel P. Huntington and Robert D. Kaplan, respectively, have spoken of an emerging 'clash of civilizations' and of 'coming anarchy'. This book is also concerned with the future of civilization, in particular with the conflict between economic growth and the sustainability of the biophysical lifesupport systems of the planet, arguing that the flawed system of orthodox neo-classical economics has justified the modernist belief in the necessity of unending economic growth and the ceaseless exploitation of nature.


Preface The Crisis of Civilization: Economic Globalization and the Shredding of the World The Bankruptcy of Economics Fingernails on the Mind's Blackboard: Universal Reason, Postmodernity and the Limits of Science Civilization's Wake: Ecology, Economics and the Roots of Environmental Destruction and Neglect Notes Bibliography Index


JOSEPH WAYNE SMITH is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is the author of Healing a Wounded World (with G.Sauer-Thompson and G.Lyons), Is the End Nigh? (with E.Moore and G.Lyons), Beyond Economics: Postmodernity, Globalization and National Sustainability (with G.Sauer-Thompson), and Immigration and the Social Contract (with J.Tanton and D.McCormack eds). GRAHAM LYONS is a prominent Australian businessman and agriculturalist. He is the Director of Glen Bold Cattle Ranch in Echunga and a number of other properties. He has studied applied genetics at the Wait Agricultural Research Institute in Adelaide, South Australia. He is co-author of Is the End Nigh? (with E.Moore and J.W.Smith) and Healing a Wounded World (with G.Sauer-Thompson and J.W.Smith). GARY SAUER-THOMPSON was trained as an economist in New Zealand and worked in the New Zealand public service for a number of years. He returned to university after migrating to Australia where he studied philosophy. He is presently a Lecturer in Philosophy at Flinders University of South Australia. He is co-author of Healing a Wounded World (with J.W.Smith and G.Lyons) and Beyond Economics: Postmodernity, Globalization and National Sustainability (with J.W.Smith).


This is an important book. The editors of this admirably clear treatment show what a truly scientific economics looks like. Garrett Hardin, biologist, ecologist and author of Living Within Limits§

EAN: 9780312214241
ISBN: 0312214243
Untertitel: biography. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave USA
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1999
Seitenanzahl: 203 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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