Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs: Essays in Honour of Ted Benton

Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs: Essays in Honour of Ted Benton

by Rob Stones, Sandra Moog


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Bringing together some of the most eminent thinkers in the field, this book celebrates the seminal contribution of Ted Benton to such pressing themes as: realism, naturalism and the philosophy of the social sciences; the continuing relevance of Marxism; philosophical anthropology and human needs; and ecology, society and natural limits.

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ISBN-13: 9780230201156
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

TED BENTON is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. Amongst his current interests are environmental issues and modern social theory, especially the links between socialist and 'green' perspectives

PAT DEVINE is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK having retired from the University's Economics Department in 2004

PETER DICKEN is Visiting Professor in Sociology at the Universities of Brighton and Essex, UK. He is also Associate Lecturer in Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.

JOHN LAW is Professor in Sociology at the Centre for Science Studies at Lancaster University, UK

GREGOR MCLENNAN is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol, UK

SANDRA MOOG is currently finishing her PhD in the Sociology Department at the University of California at Berkeley, USA and she also teaches in the Sociology Department and in the Centre for Environment and Society at the University of Essex, UK

EWA MORAWSKA is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK

JOHN O'NEILL is Hallsworth Professor of Political Economy at Manchester University, UK

ANDREW SAYER is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK

KATE SOPER is Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University, UK

ROB STONES is Professor in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK where he was Head of Department from 2004 to 2007

Table of Contents

Introduction: Intricate Webs: Nature, Social Relations and Human Needs in the Writings of Ted Benton; R. Stones and S. Moog PART I: REALISM, NATURALISM AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES "FOR Science in the Social Sciences": The End of the Road for Critical Realism?; G. McLennan Practising Nature and Culture: An Essay for Ted Benton; J. Law PART II: THE CONTINUING RELEVANCE OF MARXISM The Continuing Relevance of Marxism; P. Devine Four Pillars of a Revisionist Marxism; E. Morawska PART III: PHILOSOPHICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMAN NEEDS Cognitive Capitalism and Species-Being; P. Dickens Understanding Lay Normativity; A. Sayer PART IV: ECOLOGY, SOCIETY AND NATURAL LIMITS Ecological Politics for the Twenty-First Century: Where Does Nature Fit in?; S. Moog Realism, Naturalism and the Red-Green Nexus: Benton's Contribution to Ecological Theory; K. Soper Labour, Nature and Dependence; J. O'Neill Conclusion: Philosophy, Materialism and Nature: Comments and Reflections; T. Benton

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