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More Heat than Life: The Tangled Roots of Ecology, Energy, and Economics

November 30, 2020

CSSN Scholar Jeremy Walker’s More Heat than Life: The Tangled Roots of Ecology, Energy, and Economics traces the interacting histories of the disciplines of ecology and economics, from their common origin in the ancient Greek concept of oikonomia, through their distinct encounters with energy physics, to the current obstruction of neoliberal economics to responses to the ecological and climate crisis of the so-called Anthropocene. Reconstructing their constitution as separate sciences in the era of fossil-fuelled industrial capitalism, Walker offers an explanation of how the ecological sciences have moved from a position of critical collision with mainstream economics in the 1970s, to one of collusion with the project of permanent growth, in and through the thermal crisis of the biosphere. (access here)