Beyond primacy: Marxism, anarchism and radical green political theory

Carter, A. (2010) Beyond primacy: Marxism, anarchism and radical green political theory. Environmental Politics, 19(6), pp. 951-972. (doi:10.1080/09644016.2010.518683)

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Abstract

The most sophisticated philosophical defence of Marx’s theory of history – G.A. Cohen’s – deploys functional explanations in a manner that accords explanatory primacy to technological development. In contrast, an anarchist theory can be developed that accords explanatory primacy to the state. It is, however, possible to develop a theory of history that accords explanatory primacy neither to the development of technology nor to the state but which nevertheless possesses the explanatory power of both the Marxist and the anarchist theories. Such a theory can also provide the foundations for a radical environmentalist political theory.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Carter, Prof Alan
Authors: Carter, A.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Environmental Politics
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1743-8934

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