Parallax of Growth explores the ideas of economy and ecology and the factors that have put them on a collision course. Bjerg argues that our current mode of economic organization is characterized by an inherent debt drive , whereby the creation of money through the issuance of commercial bank credit has locked our economy into a vicious circle of forced growth and increasing debt.
Parallax of Growth is not a catalogue of solutions to the ecological or the economic crisis. The book aims to shift the inquiry from what shall we do? to why have we not already done it? In order to address the challenges of our contemporary times of crisis, we need to understand how the idea of growth is deeply ingrained in the ideology as well as the organization of our society. The book aims to open the space for philosophical thinking about this important issue.
Author Information Ole Bjerg is Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He is author of several books, including Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism and Poker: The Parody of Capitalism.
Table of Contents Introduction Part One: The Logy of Eco Chapter 1 - Balance of Nature Chapter 2 - Ecology Beyond Biology Part Two: The Nomy of Eco Chapter 3 - How is the Economy? Chapter 4 - The Market Theory of Value Chapter 5 - The Fantasy of Growth without Bounds Part Three: Economy or Ecology? Yes, Please! Chapter 6 - The Need to Grow Chapter 7 - The Desire to Grow Chapter 8 - The Drive for Growth Conclusion: It s the Money, Stupid! Bibliography Index