- ISBN 9780802095657 / 0802095658
- Title Critical Ecologies
- Author Biro
- Category Central Government Policies
- Format Paperback
- Year 2011
- Pages 352
- Publisher University of Toronto Press
- Imprint University of Toronto Press
- Language English
- Dimensions 153mm x 232mm x 23mm
Critical Ecologies aims to redeem the theories of major Frankfurt thinkers—Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse, among others—by applying them to contemporary environmental crises.
Environmental movements are the subject of increasingly rigorous political theoretical study. Can the Frankfurt School's critical frameworks be used to address ecological issues, or do environmental conflicts remain part of the “failed promise” of this group? Critical Ecologies aims to redeem the theories of major Frankfurt thinkers—Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Herbert Marcuse, among others—by applying them to contemporary environmental crises. Critical Ecologies argues that sustainability and critical social theory have many similar goals, including resistance to different forms of domination. Like the Frankfurt School itself, the essays in this volume reflect a spirit of interdisciplinarity and draw attention to intersections between environmental, socio-political, and philosophical issues. Offering textual analyses by leading scholars in both critical theory and environmental politics, Critical Ecologies underscores the continued relevance of the Frankfurt School's ideas for addressing contemporary issues.
'Critical Ecologies is an impressive selection of essays that successfully navigates the extremely challenging and ambiguous terrain of the early Frankfurt School... It is a sustained commitment to the equality of theory and its objects and the concomitant liberation of humanity and the material world.' — Robert M.W. Brown The Goose 2012 issue 10 'The volume succeeds beautifully in showing the potentials of applying critical theory to issues in environmental philosophy. Environmental philosophers of many stripes will benefit from an examination of critical theory. This book does much to facilitate that examination,' — Darrell Arnold Philosophy in Review; vol 32:02:2012
Andrew Biro is an associate professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Science at Acadia University.