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Environmental Ethics

Volume 5, Issue 2, Summer 1983

Hwa Yol Jung
Pages 169-171
DOI: 10.5840/enviroethics1983522

Marxism, Ecology, and Technology

The recent controversy over whether Marxism is an ecologically viable theory or can justify astate of harmony between man and nature has a serious flaw because none of the participants in the discussion seems to think that technology is intrinsic to the reconciliation of man with nature. While it is correct that the writings of the early Marx offer some basis for the reconciliation, the later Marx was preoccupied with the question of nature’s instrumentality or the human significance of nature, and he saw technology as the human mode of dealing with nature. Marx and Marxists have contributed to making us aware of man’s exploitation of and alienation from other men, but not man’s exploitation of and alienation from nature. To eradicate the second requires a radical deconstruction of modern technomorphic culture and its metaphysical foundations.

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