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André Gorz’s earlier books—from Ecology as Politics to Farewell to the Working Class and Paths to Paradise—have informed and inspired the most radical currents in Green movements in Europe and America over the last two decades. In Critique of Economic Reason, he offers his fullest account to date of the terminal crisis of a system where every activity and aspiration has be ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 27th 1989 by Verso (first published 1988)
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The basic argument of the book is this: work less, live your life more.

But you can't simply do that. Life has become work-centric due to the demands of the economic rationality. This type of rationality emerged alongside the birth of large-scale capitalism during the Industrial Revolution. It is a rationality which demands that profit seeking is its ultimate goal at whatever means possible. As a result, workers are regarded as instruments to achieve that goal. As instruments, they are disposable
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André Gorz , pen name of Gérard Horst, born Gerhard Hirsch, also known by his pen name Michel Bosquet, was an Austrian and French social philosopher. Also a journalist, he co-founded Le Nouvel Observateur weekly in 1964. A supporter of Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist version of Marxism after World War Two, in the aftermath of the May '68 student riots, he became more concerned with political eco ...more
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