In this major new book, Andre Gorz expands on the political implications of his prescient and influential Paths to Paradise and Critique of Economic Reason. Andre Gorz was born in Austria in , and moved to Paris in , going on to become an editor of “Les Temps Modernes”. He was one of the founders of “Le. Andre Gorz, Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology. Translated by Chris Turner. London: Verso, x + pp. $ cloth; $ paper. After one could.

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Conor Reid rated it liked it Oct 20, A supporter of Jean-Paul Sartre’s existentialist version of Marxism after World War Two, in the aftermath of the May ’68 student riots, he became more concerned with political ecology.

sociwlism His links with Illich strengthened after a trip to California inwhere he wrote several articles for Le Nouvel Observateur discussing Illich’s thesis. Against the background of technological developments which have transformed the nature of work and the structure of the workforce, Gorz explores the new political agendas facing both left and right.

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His central theme was wage labour issues such as liberation from work, just distribution ecologyy work, social alienation, and Guaranteed basic income Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. He never became an abstract theorist; his reasoning usually concluded with proposals for how to act to capktalism changes.

But the key insights–that we should work and consume “less and better,” so as to free time to reclaim spheres of leisure, play, the home, politics, etc.

Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology

Gorz then opposed himself both to hedonist andrr and utilitarianism and to materialist and productivist collectivismdefending a humanist version of ecology similar to social ecology which is opposed to deep ecology.


Which Way is Left? Gerhart Hirsch 9 February ViennaAustria. Published August 17th by Verso first published Identifying the grave risks posed by a dual society with a hyperactive minority of full-time workers confronting a silenced majority who are, at best, precariously employed, Gorz proposes a new definition of a key social conflict within Western societies in terms of the distribution of work and the form and content of non-working time. I also think he’s compelling about the conventio A bit repetitive, and I think sometimes tried to overemphasize his differences from traditional socialism.

Capitalism, socialism, ecology – André Gorz – Google Books

Taking into account changing cultural attitudes to work, he re-examines socialism’s historical project—which, he contends, has always properly been to lay down the rules and limits within which economic raitonality may be permitted to function, not to create some statist, productivist countersystem. No adnre available Amazon. In he had a falling out with the pacifist movements when he refused to oppose the deployment of Pershing II missiles by the Andr States in West Germany.

Each is in disarray: Against the background of technological developments which have transformed the nature of work and the structure of the workforce, Gorz explores Wilton rated it it was amazing May 07, The fact that the amount of labour required is so low that work can become intermittent and constitute an activity amongst a number of others, should not be an obstacle to its being remunerated by a full monthly income throughout one’s life.

Born in Vienna as Gerhart Hirsch, he was the son of a Jewish wood-salesman and of a Catholic mother, who came from a cultivated background and worked as a secretary. By using this site, you agree to the Terms socialis Use and Privacy Policy.


Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology – André Gorz – Google Books

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Christiaan rated it really liked it Mar 10, Christopher Currie rated it it was amazing Aug 23, A bit repetitive, and I think sometimes capitakism to overemphasize his differences gprz traditional socialism. At the same time, he found himself forced to the periphery of Le Nouvel Observateurbeing replaced by more classically oriented economists, while he followed at the same time a campaign against nuclear industry — to which EDFthe state electricity firm, replied by withdrawing advertisements from the weekly.

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Zahen Khan rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Selected pages Title Page. Thereafter, Ivan Illich ‘s thesis on education, medicine or the abolition of wage labour became the focus of his attention.

Above all, he offers a vital fresh perspective for the left, whose objective, in his view, must be to extend the sphere to autonomous human activity, ecologh increase the possibilities for individual self-fulfilment.

At the outbreak of World War IIhis mother sent him to an institution in Switzerland to avoid his mobilization into the Wehrmacht. In the s and s, he was a main theorist in the New Left movement.