Publisher: AK Press
Released: March 9, 2022
Our ecological problems stem from our social problems. Here's a framework for understanding both.
“A useful corrective to simplistic thinking about the human predicament.” —Canadian Book Review Annual
"Bookchin expands upon the concept of natural evolution and delivers it from the trap of mechanistic thinking." —Imprint
“Bookchin addresses a different body of concerns: the need by the public for an ecologically creative sensibility toward the environment.” —La Géographie Appliquée
What is nature? What is humanity's place in nature? And what is the relationship of society to the natural world? In an era of ecological breakdown, answering these questions has become of momentous importance for our everyday lives and for the future that we and other life-forms face. In the essays of The Philosophy of Social Ecology, Murray Bookchin answers loud and clear. Refreshingly polemical and deeply philosophical, they take issue with technocratic and mechanistic ways of understanding and relating to, and within, nature. More importantly, they develop a solid, historically and politically based ethical foundation for social ecology, the field that Bookchin himself created and that offers us hope in the midst of our climate catastrophe.
Murray Bookchin (1929–2006) was an active voice in the ecology and anarchist movements for more than forty years, and is the author of The Ecology of Freedom and Post-Scarcity Anarchism, among many other books.