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Marius de Geus : Ecological Utopias

Envisioning the Sustainable Society



In this evocative and original book Marius de Geus is concerned to answer the question whether it is worthwhile for us to reflect upon the different ecological utopias to be found in the history of political philosophy. Can these ëecotopiasí contribute to our quest for and ecologically responsibel society? What is the impact of the divers environmental utopias on the current discussion of ecological sustainability, and can we really do without utopian visions, as is suggested by many post modern political thinkers? In order to find answer to these questions the book investigates the ecotopias of Thomas More, Henry Thoreau, Aldous Huxley et al.. The central conclusion is that there is a need for ëcounter-imagesí of an alternative society, one that protects and respects nature. The ecological utopias represent a most pertinent form of social critique; they can truly function as a rich source of ideals for a different arrangement of contemporary society. In tis post modern era as much as in any other, we cannot dispense with the inspiration and innovative power of the utopian ecological imagination.



Marius de Geus teaches Political Theory at the University of Leiden. He has published books in Dutch on organization theory and political philosophy, and on politics, environment and liberty. Together with Brian Doherty, he is editor of Democracy and Green Political Thought, Routledge, 1996.

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