Title Limits
Subtitle Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care
Author Giorgos Kallis
ISBN 9781503611559
List price GBP 10.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 168
Book size 127 x 203 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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Reviews:

“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

 

“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

 

“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

 

“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


Description:

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.


Contents:

Introduction: Why Limits?

Chapter 1. Why Malthus Was Wrong?

Chapter 2. Economics: Scarcity without Limits

Chapter 3. The Limits of Environmentalism

Chapter 4. A Culture of Limits

Chapter 5. The Limits of Limits

Epilogue: In Defense of Limits

Acknowledgments

Notes


About the Author:

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


Target Audience:

This book is useful for people interested in political science, economics, ecology, corporate responsibility and philosophy. It is a must-read book for environmentalists and anti-environmentalists alike.

 

 
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