Ecologica

Ecologica André Gorz Chris Turner
  • Title: Ecologica
  • Author: André Gorz Chris Turner
  • ISBN: 9781906497415
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ecologica André Gorz Chris Turner Ecologica Writing in French social philosopher Andr Gorz was remarkably prophetic foretelling the international economic meltdown of The real economy is becoming an appendage of the specul
    Writing in 2007, French social philosopher Andr Gorz 1923 2007 was remarkably prophetic, foretelling the international economic meltdown of 2008 The real economy is becoming an appendage of the speculative bubbles sustained by the finance industry until that inevitable point when the bubbles burst, leading to serial bank crashes and threatening the global system of crWriting in 2007, French social philosopher Andr Gorz 1923 2007 was remarkably prophetic, foretelling the international economic meltdown of 2008 The real economy is becoming an appendage of the speculative bubbles sustained by the finance industry until that inevitable point when the bubbles burst, leading to serial bank crashes and threatening the global system of credit with collapse and the real economy with a severe, prolonged depression This prescient article is collected in Ecologica alongside many of Gorz s final writings and interviews, which together offer practical and often path breaking set of solutions to our current economic and political problems In his writings Gorz condemns the speculative global economic system and anatomizes its terminal crisis Advocating an exit from capitalism through the self limitation of needs and the networked use of the latest technologies, he outlines a practical, democratically based solution to our current predicament Compiled by Gorz, Ecologica is intended as a final distillation of his work and thought, a guide to the survival of our planet It is a work of political, rather than scientific ecology Gorz aruges that the key to planetary survival is not a surrender to environmental experts and eco technocrats, but a switch to non consumerist modes of living that would amount to a type of cultural revolution Praise for Andr Gorz To my mind the greatest of modern French social thinkers Herbert Gintis, author of Schooling in Capitalist America Gorz s work was always within the Utopian tradition a label he welcomed but which was used pejoratively by his opponents Many of his derided early warnings about globalization and environmental degradation have become commonplace discourses in political debates today Ultimately, Gorz s Utopianism was expressed in a very practical sense we never know how far along the road we are if we have no idea of the destination Independent
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    1. Andr Gorz , pen name of G rard Horst, born Gerhard Hirsch, also known by his pen name Michel Bosquet, was an Austrian and French social philosopher Also a journalist, he co founded Le Nouvel Observateur weekly in 1964 A supporter of Jean Paul Sartre s existentialist version of Marxism after World War Two, in the aftermath of the May 68 student riots, he became concerned with political ecology.In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a main theorist in the New Left movement His central theme was wage labour issues such as liberation from work, just distribution of work, social alienation, and Guaranteed basic income


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    1. This would be a great introduction to Gorz, it s a collection of five articles and two interviews from between 1975 and 2007 that he compiled himself He was an inspirational and relevant thinker and I was very lucky to study his ideas at Uni.The book covers many different strands of his thinking over the years, but the other reviews I ve seen draw attention to how he predicted the financial crisis I thought it was interesting enough to quote in full in place of a review, which is beyond me The s [...]

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    2. Hace un tiempo otra becera y yo quedamos en leer un libro que siempre recomend bamos y nunca nadie le a Su recomendaci n era esta, Ecol gica Tard bastante en ponerme con l, pero una vez acabado me ha parecido muy muy interesante Coincido con muchas de las teor as que expone, disiento con otras, pero he aprendido much simo Y digo much simo porque tristemente no s nada sobre el tema, aunque ese tema sea el mundo en el que vivimios, solo lo que mi intuici n y mi sentido com n me dicen.Requiere un e [...]

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    3. Translated to English A collection of essays written and selected by a French socio economic philosopher.I adore the essay on the car I wanted to copy it and paste it all over every dashboard in the world I wish my socialist friends would read this book.

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    4. A collection of essays the one on cars is just brilliant I read it while I was taking the light rail, so I didn t feel guilty

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