Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene: An Emerging Paradigm

Paperback | September 1, 2015

EditorPeter G. Brown, Peter Timmerman

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Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene provides an urgently needed alternative to the long-dominant neoclassical economic paradigm of the free market, which has focused myopically-even fatally-on the boundless production and consumption of goods and services without heed to environmental consequences. The emerging paradigm for ecological economics championed in this new book recenters the field of economics on the fact of the Earth's limitations, requiring a total reconfiguration of the goals of the economy, how we understand the fundamentals of human prosperity, and, ultimately, how we assess humanity's place in the community of beings.

Each essay in this volume contributes to an emerging, revolutionary agenda based on the tenets of ecological economics and advances new conceptions of justice, liberty, and the meaning of an ethical life in the era of the Anthropocene. Essays highlight the need to create alternative signals to balance one-dimensional market-price measurements in judging the relationships between the economy and the Earth's life-support systems. In a lively exchange, the authors question whether such ideas as "ecosystem health" and the environmental data that support them are robust enough to inform policy. Essays explain what a taking-it-slow or no-growth approach to economics looks like and explore how to generate the cultural and political will to implement this agenda. This collection represents one of the most sophisticated and realistic strategies for neutralizing the threat of our current economic order, envisioning an Earth-embedded society committed to the commonwealth of life and the security and true prosperity of human society.

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Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene provides an urgently needed alternative to the long-dominant neoclassical economic paradigm of the free market, which has focused myopically-even fatally-on the boundless production and consumption of goods and services without heed to environmental consequences. The emerging paradigm for ecol...

Peter G. Brown is a professor in the School of Environmental Studies at McGill. He is the principal investigator of Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human/Earth Relationship, a partnership among McGill University, the University of Vermont, and York University. He is also a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Q...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword, by Jon D. EricksonAcknowledgmentsIntroduction. The Unfinished Journey of Ecological Economics, by Peter G. Brown and Peter TimmermanPart I. Proposed Ethical Foundations of Ecological EconomicsIntroduction and Chapter Summaries1. The Ethics of Re-Embedding Economics in the Real: Case Studies, by Peter Timmerman2. Ethics for Economics in the Anthropocene, by Peter G. Brown3. Justice Claims Underpinning Ecological Economics, by Richard Janda and Richard LehunPart II. Measurements: Understanding and Mapping Where We AreIntroduction and Chapter Summaries4. Measurement of Essential Indicators in Ecological Economics, by Mark S. Goldberg and Geoffrey Garver5. Boundaries and Indicators: Conceptualizing and Measuring Progress Toward an Economy of Right Relationship Constrained by Global Ecological Limits, by Geoffrey Garver and Mark S. Goldberg6. Revisiting the Metaphor of Human Health for Assessing Ecological Systems and Its Application to Ecological Economics, by Mark S. Goldberg, Geoffrey Garver, and Nancy E. Mayo7. Following in Aldo Leopold's Footsteps: Humans-in-Ecosystem and Implications for Ecosystem Health, by Qi Feng Lin and James W. FylesPart III. Steps Toward Realizing an Ecological EconomyIntroduction and Chapter Summaries8. Toward an Ecological Macroeconomics, by Peter Victor and Tim Jackson9. New Corporations for an Ecological Economy: A Case Study, by Richard Janda, Philip Duguay, and Richard Lehun10. Ecological Political Economy and Liberty, by Bruce Jennings11. A New Ethos, a New Discourse, a New Economy: Change Dynamics Toward an Ecological Political Economy, by Janice HarveyConclusion. Continuing the Journey of Ecological Economics: Reorientation and ResearchList of ContributorsIndex

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We urgently need both a new ethic and a new economics to guide us into the Anthropocene Age. This timely collection underscores the challenges that any new ecological economics must overcome. It offers many rich resources, drawn from an impressively diverse range of disciplines, traditions, and cultures, to help philosophers, economists, and others as we try to imagine how life in the Anthropocene will transform our moral and economic thinking.