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Limits : Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care, Paperback / softback Book

Limits : Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care Paperback / softback


Western culture is infatuated with the dream of going beyond, even as it is increasingly haunted by the specter of apocalypse: drought, famine, nuclear winter.

How did we come to think of the planet and its limits as we do?

This book reclaims, redefines, and makes an impassioned plea for limits-a notion central to environmentalism-clearing them from their association with Malthusianism and the ideology and politics that go along with it.

Giorgos Kallis rereads reverend-economist Thomas Robert Malthus and his legacy, separating limits and scarcity, two notions that have long been conflated in both environmental and economic thought.

Limits are not something out there, a property of nature to be deciphered by scientists, but a choice that confronts us, one that, paradoxically, is part and parcel of the pursuit of freedom.

Taking us from ancient Greece to Malthus, from hunter-gatherers to the Romantics, from anarchist feminists to 1970s radical environmentalists, Limits shows us how an institutionalized culture of sharing can make possible the collective self-limitation we so urgently need.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & political philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781503611559



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