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Marx & Philosophy on Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism


Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy
308 pp, $29 pbk, ISBN 9781583676400
By Kohei Saito

Reviewed by Steve Knight

“In the 135 years since his passing, many commentators on Marx’s work have maintained that his view of humanity’s relationship to the Earth is ‘Promethean,’ i.e., that mastery over nature is a key step to achieving the communist state. A counter-tendency in Marxian analysis, however, led first in the 1960s and 70s by scholars like Raymond Williams and Istvan Meszaros, then in the past twenty years by a new generation including John Bellamy Foster and Paul Burkett, has maintained that ecology’s conflict with capitalist relations is central to understanding Marx’s political economy. ¶ Kohei Saito, author of Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism, belongs firmly in the latter camp….”

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