Environmentalism, a critique of capitalism? The conventional French school of thought and environmental risk

Leslie Carnoye

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Conventionalist environmental thought faces a central problem: the absence of an environmental order of magnitude that obeys the same rules as the six others. This article suggests a way of overcoming this problem: considering environmentalism, not as the ideal model of society, but as a critique of capitalism. In this perspective, the theoretical foundations and the historical effectiveness of the environmental critique of capitalism are analyzed.


  • environmental critique
  • capitalism
  • convention theory
  • environment
  • Chiapello

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