Theoretical discussion about nature and society: some texts

The dense city as nature: What can this mean in a urbanised world dominated by global economical concurrency? We are looking for and working at good example in cities - but is this enough? Isn't this limited to some nice exceptions in a further rather brutal development of urbanisation regardless the consequences for nature and biodiversity? Does capitalism really give space to other values than economical ones?

Ralph Fücks, as a representative of the German political green movement, gave a very interesting optimistic answer in his article "Die ökologische Transformation des Kapitalismus". Others are more more pessimistic.  Some belief in the necessity of a more fundament political change. Some even tend to a kind of fatalism, they do not see a future at all.

De editors of BIOTOPE CITY JOURNAL want to open the discussion - this by the publication of texts which have played or are playing a role during the last decade. In the first place all of these articles will not be be published in english but in the language they were published originally. We will do all efforts to get them in more languages as well. Here a first choice:

 

Ralph Fücks,
"DIE ÖKOLOGISCHE TRANSFORMATION DES KAPITALISMUS"

this artikel , published in 2013, gives a summery of the book publication belove 
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Ralph Fücks,
"INTELLIGENT WACHSEN. DIE GRÜNE REVOLUTION"
bookpublication München 2013ISBN 978-3-446-43484-4.

 

Joel Kovel and Michael Löwy,
"AN ECOSOCIALIST MANIFESTO"

Paris 2001

Content:
The idea for this ecosocialist manifesto was jointly launched by Joel Kovel and Michael Lowy, at a September, 2001, workshop on ecology and socialism held at Vincennes, near Paris. We all suffer from a chronic case of Gramsci's paradox, of living in a time whose old order is dying (and taking civilization with it) while the new one does not seem able to be born. But at least it can be announced. The deepest shadow that hangs over us is neither terror, environmental collapse, nor global recession. It is the internalized fatalism that holds there is no possible alternative to capital’s world order. And so we wished to set an example of a kind of speech that deliberately negates the current mood of anxious compromise and passive acquiescence. This manifesto nevertheless lacks the audacity of that of 1848, for ecosocialism is not yet a spectre, nor is it grounded in any concrete party or movement. It is only a line of reasoning, based on a reading of the present crisis and the necessary conditions for overcoming it. We make no claims of omniscience. Far from it, our goal is to invite dialogue, debate, emendation, above all, a sense of how this notion can be further realized. Innumerable points of resistance arise spontaneously across the chaotic ecumene of global capital. Many are immanently ecosocialist in content. How can these be gathered? Can we envision an "ecosocialist international?" Can the spectre be brought into being?

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Hans Jonas
DAS PRINZIP VERANTWORTUNG. VERSUCH EINER ETHIK FUER DIE TECHNOLOGISCHE ZIVILISATION.

Book publication 1972

"Handle so, dass die Wirkungen deiner Handlungen verträglich sind mit der Permanenz echten menschichen Lebens auf Erden" 
Mit diesem Satz beschreibt der Philosoph Hans Jonas den Kern seiner Ethik für das Informationszeitalter. Weit früher als andere hat Hans Jonas schon in den siebziger Jahren erkannt, dass das Überleben der Menschheit im Zeitalter der nahezu unbegrenzten technolgischen Möglichkeiten einer Neuformulierung der Ethik bedarf. Sein Hauptwerk, in dem er dies formuliert,„Das Prinzip Verantwortung. Versuch einer Ethik für die technologische Zivilisation“, erschien 1979. Es ist inzwischen vielfach neuaufgelegt und über 200 000 mal verkauft worden. In diesem Buch beschreibt Hans Jonas die Notwendigkeit einer neuen Ethik, die das nachhaltige Überleben der Menschheit im technologischen Zeitalter sicherstellt.

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Jean-Marie Harribey
LA RICHESSE, LA VALEUR ET L'INESTIMABLE. 
Fundament d'une critique socio-écologique de l'economie capitaliste.
Book publication March 2013 - Summary in French
 

Jean-Marie Harribey
MARXISME ÉCOLOGIQUE OU ÉCOLOGIE POLITIQUE MARXIENNE 
published in: 
Bidet J., Kouvélakis E. (sous la dir. de), Dictionnaire Marx contemporain, Paris, PUF, Actuel Marx Confrontation, 2001, p. 183-200.

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