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Freedom in the Anthropocene

Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change

Authors: Stoner, A., Melathopoulos, A.

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Freedom in the Anthropocene illuminates the Anthropocene from the perspective of critical theory. The authors contextualize our current ecological predicament by focusing on the issues of history and freedom and how they relate to our present inability to render environmental threats and degradation recognizable and surmountable.

About the authors

Alexander M. Stoner is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Salisbury University. His areas of expertise include environmental sociology, political economy, and social theory. He is the 2013 co-recipient of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young/Marxist Sociology Research Paper Award. His work has appeared in journals such as Critical Sociology and Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture.

Andony P. Melathopoulos studies the antagonism between agricultural productivity and the conservation of habitat for wild insects. His interdisciplinary approach spans diverse fields: from pollination ecology, agricultural history to critical theory. He has presented his research at international forums, such as the International Conference on Global Food Security and EcoSummit, and his work has appeared in journals such as Ecological Economics, Annals of Applied Biology and BMC Genomics.

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"Freedom in the Anthropocene is a very sharply perceptive book. The authors' clear and well-constructed argument provides just what a contemporary critical theory should. Their fresh way of understanding the Anthropocene should be read by anyone interested in opposing the juggernaut of the Great Acceleration, and particularly those who think that 'environmentalism' is sufficient to that task." - Andrew Biro, Acadia University, Canada, author of Denaturalizing Ecological Politics (2005) and editor of Critical Ecologies: The Frankfurt School and Contemporary Environmental Crises (2011)

"Stoner and Melathopoulos's book highlights the urgent need to situate climate change and related environmental issues and phenomena in the context of rigorous critical social theory. The challenge of ethically sound action geared towards 'saving the planet' (and, by implication, humanity) must be understood in light of and in relation to structural circumstances that thwart solutions to problems identified in the debate about the Anthropocene, on the basis of conscientious individual actions and decisions." - Harry F. Dahms, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA, author of The Vitality of Critical Theory (2011)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Prologue: Smog, Haze, Sulfur: The Elusive Clarity of the Anthropocene

    Stoner, Alexander M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Introduction: What Is the Meaning of Freedom in the Anthropocene?

    Stoner, Alexander M. (et al.)

    Pages 18-27

  • Georg Lukács (1885–1971) and the Critique of Reification: On the Dialectical Genesis of the Great Acceleration

    Stoner, Alexander M. (et al.)

    Pages 28-47

  • Theodor W. Adorno (1903–1969) and the Critique of Identity Thinking: The Great Acceleration as Historical Sedimentation

    Stoner, Alexander M. (et al.)

    Pages 48-72

  • Moishe Postone (1942-) and the Critique of Traditional Marxism: Helplessness and the Present Moment of the Great Acceleration

    Stoner, Alexander M. (et al.)

    Pages 73-98

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Freedom in the Anthropocene
Book Subtitle
Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50388-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137503886
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50387-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50578-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 125
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