Living Within Limits

Living Within Limits : Ecology, Economics, and Population Taboos

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Population is a prominent topic of debate following the world conference at the end of last year. This book tackles the problem of overpopulation with an honesty and fearlessness that is unrivalled, and makes a forceful case for dramatically changing the way we live in, and manage, our world. Hardin suggests radical approaches to overpopulation and points out that the choices are hard, but we must not be afraid to carry out forceful solutions in order to better our world in the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures
  • 0195093852
  • 9780195093858
  • 354,394

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Wonderfully rich in original ideas and insights... compelling... A rare intellectual feast that challenges, charms, and engages the reader... A book that will be widely read and is bound to be enduringly influential. * Population and Development Review *
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About Garrett Hardin

Garrett Hardin is Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of a number of books about ecology, biology, and ethics.
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In Living Within Limits, Hardin focuses on the neglected problem of overpopulation, making a forceful case for dramatically changing the way we live in and manage our world.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Entangling Alliances ; 1. The Challenge of Limits ; 2. Overpopulation: Escape to the Stars? ; 3. Uneasy Litter Mates: Population and Progress ; 4. Population Theory: Academia's Stepchild ; 5. Default Status: making Sense of the World ; 6. The Ambivalent Triumph of Optimism ; 7. Cowboy Economics versus Spaceship Ecology ; 8. Growth: Real and Spurious ; 9. Exponential Growth of Populations ; 10. What Malthus Missed ; 11. The Demostat ; 12. Generating the Future ; 13. Limits: A Constrained View ; 14. From Jevons's Coal to Hubbert's Pimple ; Part 2 Lookin for the Bluebird ; 15. Nuclear Power: A Nonsolution ; 16. Trying to Escape Malthus ; 17. The Benign Demographic Transition ; Part 3 Biting the Bullet ; 18. Making Room for Human Will ; 19. Major Default Positions of Human Biology ; 20. Carrying Capacity ; 21. The Global Pillage: Consequences of Unmanaged Commons ; 22. Discriminating Altruisms ; 23. The Double C-Double P Game ; 24. Birth Control versus Population Control ; 25. Population Control: Natural versus Human ; 26. The Necessity of Immigration Control ; 27. Recapitulation and a Look Ahead ; Notes and References ; Index
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