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Anthropocene: A Critique of Political Ecology

Public Talk

Sept '22

Rohit Goel

Anthropocene: A Critique of Political Ecology

The title of the talk reformulates that of Marx’s mature social theory, Capital: A Critique of Political Economy. In his 1867 opus, Marx argued that political economists – seeming analysts (scientists) of how capitalism produces value – are actually in need of analysis (subjects of capital), producers of capitalist value themselves. Homologously, Rohit Goel suggests that political ecologists/environmentalists – seeming analysts (scientists) of how humans produce nature – are actually in need of analysis (culturalists), producers of nature themselves.