Foreword, by Jon D. Erickson Acknowledgments Introduction. The Unfinished Journey of Ecological Economics, by Peter G. Brown and Peter Timmerman Part I. Proposed Ethical Foundations of Ecological Economics Introduction and Chapter Summaries 1. The Ethics of Re-Embedding Economics in the Real: Case Studies, by Peter Timmerman 2. Ethics for Economics in the Anthropocene, by Peter G. Brown 3. Justice Claims Underpinning Ecological Economics, by Richard Janda and Richard Lehun Part II. Measurements: Understanding and Mapping Where We Are Introduction and Chapter Summaries 4. Measurement of Essential Indicators in Ecological Economics, by Mark S. Goldberg and Geoffrey Garver 5. Boundaries and Indicators: Conceptualizing and Measuring Progress Toward an Economy of Right Relationship Constrained by Global Ecological Limits, by Geoffrey Garver and Mark S. Goldberg 6. Revisiting the Metaphor of Human Health for Assessing Ecological Systems and Its Application to Ecological Economics, by Mark S. Goldberg, Geoffrey Garver, and Nancy E. Mayo 7. Following in Aldo Leopold's Footsteps: Humans-in-Ecosystem and Implications for Ecosystem Health, by Qi Feng Lin and James W. Fyles Part III. Steps Toward Realizing an Ecological Economy Introduction and Chapter Summaries 8. Toward an Ecological Macroeconomics, by Peter Victor and Tim Jackson 9. New Corporations for an Ecological Economy: A Case Study, by Richard Janda, Philip Duguay, and Richard Lehun 10. Ecological Political Economy and Liberty, by Bruce Jennings 11. A New Ethos, a New Discourse, a New Economy: Change Dynamics Toward an Ecological Political Economy, by Janice Harvey Conclusion. Continuing the Journey of Ecological Economics: Reorientation and Research List of Contributors Index
Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene provides an urgently needed alternative to the long-dominant neoclassical economic paradigm of the free market, which has focused myopically-even fatally-on the boundless production and consumption of goods and services without heed to environmental consequences. The emerging paradigm for ecological economics championed in this new book recenters economics on the recognition of the fundamental physical and biological conditions for living on the Earth, requiring a deep reconfiguration of the goals of the economy, how we understand the fundamentals of human prosperity, and, ultimately, how we assess humanity's place in the community of beings.
Peter G. Brown is a professor in the School of Environmental Studies at McGill. He is the principal investigator of Economics for the Anthropocene: Re-grounding the Human/Earth Relationship, a partnership among McGill University, the University of Vermont, and York University. He is also a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and the Club of Rome. Peter Timmerman is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Among his wide-ranging research interests are climate change, environmental ethics, nuclear-waste management, and religion and the environment, specifically the Buddhist tradition.
In Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene, ecological economists ask whether their insights are unfinished, as problematic as they are promising. Their challenges are provocative and insightful. With the planet in jeopardy, sustaining community and saving the biosphere is as vital, and morally required, as sustaining growth. -- Holmes Rolston III, Colorado State University Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene is about the relationship between life and the world that supports it. Three basic concepts-membership, householding, and entropic thrift-are used to explain this relationship and to demonstrate the strong connection between ecological economics and justice. -- Herman E. Daly, University of Maryland A nuanced and quite interesting set of contributions concerning the ethical dimensions of ecological economics, providing a transdisciplinary vision for governing the economy as an embedded subsystem of social and ecological systems. -- Richard Howarth, Dartmouth College We urgently need both a new ethic and a new economics to guide us into the Anthropocene Age. This timely collection underscores the challenges that any new ecological economics must overcome. It offers many rich resources, drawn from an impressively diverse range of disciplines, traditions, and cultures, to help philosophers, economists, and others as we try to imagine how life in the Anthropocene will transform our moral and economic thinking. -- Tim Mulgan, University of St Andrews and University of Auckland, author of Ethics for a Broken World