Ecological economics: concepts and methods
Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated, 1996 - Business & Economics - 342 pages
Ecological Economics offers an authoritative overview of a rapidly developing discipline lying at the interface of economics, natural science and philosophy. This pioneering new book focuses on the concepts and methods required to integrate sciences and humanities in order to build ecological economics. Ecological Economics as a practice seeks to comprehend the evolving interactions between humans and the natural world. Ranging across the discipline from its conceptual and philosophical foundations to problems of global warming and waste production in the chemicals industry, the authors confidently address the central dilemma of control over nature by humans ignorant of the environmental impacts of their actions. Faber, Manstetten and Proops argue convincingly for an evolutionary approach to human nature interactions and for the use of natural science concepts, such as entropy. Students and researchers concerned with environmental, resource and ecological economics will welcome Ecological Economics as a convincing and innovative approach to the creation of a discipline capable of contributing to a new relationship between human and non-human nature.
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analysis approach Aristotle attitude behaviour biological system Chapter characterised closed ignorance CO2 emissions concerning corresponding discussion dynamics ecological economics Ecologist economic activity economic genotypic economic systems economists ecosystem emergence of novelty emissions changes energy entropy concept Entropy Law environment environmental problems equi-final equilibrium evolutionary example exists experience extensive variables Faber and Proops Faust Faustian FFESODS Figure formulation fossil fuels framework funds future genotypic and phenotypic genotypic change genotypic evolution Germany human humankind important increase individual industry interaction invention irreducible ignorance irreversibility isolated system knowledge Law of Thermodynamics logos long-run low entropy macro-phenotype macrostate means models modern nature open systems organism particular phenotypic phronesis physical pollution possible potentialities predictable Prigogine production question realisation recognise reduced scientific scientists Second Law Section sectors social society solution species structure surprise sustainable development techniques teleological theory thermodynamic equilibrium third telos three tele unpredictable Utopias