Did you know that ISEE has a book resource page?
Check it out at https://www.isecoeco.org/publications/books/.
Here are two new books to add to your collection.
As the first biography of Professor Herman Daly, this book provides an in-depth account of one of the leading thinkers and most widely read writers on economics, environment and sustainability. Peter Victor presents a unique insight into Daly’s life from childhood to the present day, describing his intellectual development, inspirations and influence.
Much of the book is devoted to a comprehensive account of Daly’s foundational contributions to ecological economics. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, researchers, activists, and policy makers concerned with economics, environment, and sustainability.
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Ultrasocial argues that rather than environmental destruction and extreme inequality being due to human nature, they are the result of the adoption of agriculture by our ancestors. Human economy has become an ultrasocial superorganism (similar to an ant or termite colony), with the requirements of superorganism taking precedence over the individuals within it. Human society is now an autonomous, highly integrated network of technologies, institutions, and belief systems dedicated to the expansion of economic production. Recognizing this allows a radically new interpretation of free market and neoliberal ideology which – far from advocating personal freedom – leads to sacrificing the well-being of individuals for the benefit of the global market. Ultrasocial is a fascinating exploration of what this means for the future direction of the humanity: can we forge a better, more egalitarian, and sustainable future by changing this socio-economic – and ultimately destructive – path?
Gowdy explores how this might be achieved.