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A Radical Green Political Theory (Routledge Innovations in Political Theory) [Hardcover]

Alan Carter
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June 21, 1999 0415203090 978-0415203098 0
This volume is the first systematic, comprehensive and cogent environmental political philosophy. It exposes the relationships between the ever-worsening environmental crises, the nature of prevailing economic structures and the role of the modern state and concludes that the combination of these factors is driving humanity towards destruction.
Innovative, provocative and cutting-edge, A Radical Green Political Theory will be of enormous value to all those with an interest in the environment, political theory and moral and political philosophy.

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'Carter's systematic reevaluation of the environmental crisis' many causes and consequences is very useful for those wanting a succinct but pointed indictment of what causes ecological ills.' - Timothy W. Luke, Environmental Ethics Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2001

Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Innovations in Political Theory (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415203090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415203098
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,770,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very important, overdue subject that is well covered October 11, 2000
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I found Mr. Carter's subject extremely interesting and overdue.
His research appears thorough and his arguments very convincing without appearing patronizing or annoying in a `tree hugging - hippie greeny' way. On the contrary, I found his style very level headed and convincing even to a cynic of the green movement.
My only problem with the style is that, as a lay person, I found the technical and political aspects a bit hard to get my head around at times. However, working too many night shifts was probably the reason for that.
My thanks to Mr. Carter for this important work!
PS Please publish a cheaper soft cover version so more can afford and read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Expansion on 'Analytical Anarchism' July 14, 2009
Carter's book 'A Radical Green Political Theory' is a fully fleshed out articulation of his anarchist argument expanding (and often opposing) G.A. Cohen's Karl Marx's Theory of History. Although the book is presented as a piece of eco-theory it is primarily a well thought out anarchist argument. Using some of the essential framework that Cohen laid out thirty years prior, Carter makes a good case for identifying 'the state' as a serious culprit in the failings of modern society in relation to the environment but also more broadly. He addresses the common Marxist error of discounting the importance of the state by showing that it does hold an explanatory role.

All in all a very good book. If you are not familiar with some of Cohen's arguments from Karl Marx's Theory of History you might have a hard time following in some areas.
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