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FeatureMarx’s Theory of Metabolism in the Age of Global Ecological Crisis

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Marx’s Theory of Metabolism in the Age of Global Ecological Crisis

Kohei Saito

When the existing order cannot offer a solution, the solution to climate crisis
must come from radical left, and this is precisely why Karl Marx’s idea of
ecosocialism is all the more important than ever. In this context, it is worth
revisiting not only the legacy of István Mészáros’s theory of ‘social
metabolism’ and his successors, who can be categorized as the ‘metabolic rift
school’ such as John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, but also Karl Marx’s own
theory of metabolism. In order to highlight the contemporary importance of
Marx’s theory of metabolism after its long suppression in the 20th century, this
paper aims at classifying the three different levels of Marx’s concept of
‘metabolic rift’, which also leads to clarifying three different levels of
‘metabolic shift’ as the theoretical foundation for updating Marx’s theory of
postcapitalism in the age of global ecological crisis.

Keywords: Karl Marx, metabolism, metabolic rift, ecology, MEGA

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