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Eco-Nihilism

The Philosophical Geopolitics of the Climate Change Apocalypse

Wendy Lynne Lee

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When asked what is the root cause of our current and unprecedented environmental crisis, climate change, many, particularly on the progressive Left, would refer to the excesses of capitalism—and they’d be right. Among the aims in Eco-Nihilism: The Philosophical Geopolitics of the Climate Change Apocalypse, is to show that there are no versions of conquest capital compatible with the fact of a finite planet, and that a logic whose operating premise is growth is destined to not only exhaust our planetary resources, but generate profound social injustice and geopolitical violence in its pursuit.

Nonetheless, it’s clear that the violence and injustice of capital is selective—some benefit greatly while others are subjugated. Wendy Lynne Lee argues that any comprehensive analysis of what Jason Moore has dubbed the Capitalocene, must include an equally probing account of human chauvinism, that is, the axes along which capital is supplied with resources and labor. Sex, gender, race, and species supply the circulatory system of capital not only labor and materials, but also “justification” for exploitation and oppression. Racism, heteropatriarchy, and speciesism come ready-made to the advantage of capitalist commodifiation, and without an understanding of these dynamics, we’ll remain doomed to settling for a sustainably unjust world as opposed to realizing a just and desirable one.
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Lexington Books
Pages: 470Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-7688-7 • Hardback • February 2017 • $130.00 • (£85.00)
978-0-7391-7689-4 • eBook • February 2017 • $129.99 • (£85.00)
Wendy Lynne Lee is professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Preface: The Planet Doesn’t Need Human Beings; Human Beings Need the Planet
Chapter 1: Ecological Apocalypse, The Pathologies of Capital, Human Chauvinism—And the Improbable Desirable Future
Chapter 2: Human Chauvinism, The Geopolitics of Climate Change, And the Pop-Cultural Ecocentric Solution
Chapter 3: The Nihilistic Rhetoric of Climate Change Denial, Neoliberal Anxieties, and The Death of Science—Seven Takes
Chapter 4: Globalization in the Circulatory System of Capital and the Death of the Nation State, The Fully Capitalized Planet, Five Takes
Chapter 5: Salvation Capitalism: Steady State Sustainability, Techno-Utopia, and Planetary Metastasis—Six Takes
Chapter 6: The Reclamation of Human-Centeredness and an Eco-Feminist Systems Approach to the Desirable Future
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