Nature as adversary: the rise of modern conceptions of nature in economic thought

Gammon, Earl (2010) Nature as adversary: the rise of modern conceptions of nature in economic thought. Economy and Society, 39 (2). pp. 218-246. ISSN 1469-5766

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Abstract

This article problematizes the reliance of ecological economics on neo-classical economic analysis by revealing an adversarial conception of nature in modern economic ontology. It traces the rise in post-classical economics of this adversarial conception, which superseded the idea of a natural moral economy in classical political economy. The origins of this transformation in the conception of nature are located in the breakdown of the long-standing project of natural theology in Britain during the first half of the nineteenth century, precipitated by the geological controversies of the 1820s and 1830s.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ecological economics,nature,political economy, moral economy, natural theology, neo-classical economics
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0075 History of economics. History of economic theory Including special economic schools
Depositing User: Earl Gammon
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 14:40
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2013 12:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/41746
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