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Limits Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care

by Giorgos Kallis

Limits Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care Synopsis

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.

Limits Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care Press Reviews

Malthus is a key figure for understanding how to survive the twenty-first century, yet Kallis shows we have spent the last two hundred years misunderstanding him. Quirky, provocative, and engaging, Limits is a must-read book for environmentalists and anti-environmentalists alike. -- Bill Adams * University of Cambridge * Every so often a book comes along that can cut through fruitless debates and reveal a new way of thinking about a complex problem. Limits is such a book. Giorgos Kallis shows that by rejecting scarcity thinking, we can find the right questions and answers for our ecological and social crises. -- Juliet Schor * Boston College * In an era addicted to endless growth, Giorgos Kallis artfully explores the power of limits and the surprising freedom that they can unleash. A compelling-and fittingly concise-read for our times. -- Kate Raworth * author of Doughnut Economics * In this timely and essential book, Giorgos Kallis makes a compelling argument for autonomy and freedom from the unfulfillable promise of limitless growth under consumer capitalism. He shows how democratic, egalitarian self-limitation can combat the dominant but unsustainable imperative to constantly produce and acquire more. -- Nicholas Xenos, University of Massachusetts * Amherst *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781503611559
Publication date: 6th August 2019
Author: Giorgos Kallis
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 168 pages
Categories: Sustainability, Social & political philosophy, Development economics & emerging economies, Conservation of the environment,

About Giorgos Kallis

Giorgos Kallis is ICREA (Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies) Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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