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Preservation Versus the People?Nature, Humanity, and Political Philosophy$
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Mathew Humphrey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242674.001.0001

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New Marx for Old? Marxism, Humanity, and Ecology

New Marx for Old? Marxism, Humanity, and Ecology

(p.128) 4 New Marx for Old? Marxism, Humanity, and Ecology
Preservation Versus the People?

Mathew Humphrey (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The proponents of an ecologically inspired form of Marxism, or a Marx‐inspired form of political ecology, argue that eco‐Marxism transcends the anthropocentric‐ecocentric dichotomy, and this chapter assesses that claim. The concept of nature in the work of Marx is examined, as are the ecological interpretations of Marx and Engels’ account of the ‘human‐nature metabolism.’ The differences between eco‐Marxism and ‘orthodox Marxism, as well as between eco‐Marxism and other forms of ecological politics are explored. Ultimately, it is held that Marx's commitment to the humanization of nature in the fulfilment of humanity's species‐being disables any form of Marxism from being adequately ecological.

Keywords:   eco‐Marxism, Friedrich Engels, humanization, human‐nature metabolism, Karl Marx, nature, political ecology, species‐being

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