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Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature
Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature
Michelle Yates

Domination over nature has been a persistent theme in Frankfurt School Critical Theory. The work of scholars, such as Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Alfred Schmidt, among others, are key in recognizing the way that capitalism has led to unparalleled domination over nature. In Dialectic of Enlightenment, Horkheimer and Adorno assert that domination over and estrangement from nature is a central component of enlightenment. Horkheimer and Adorno situate domination over nature in social mediation, specifically that the logic of equivalence generated by the dominance of the commodity form, mediates and determines the human relationship to nature. In The Concept of Nature in Marx, Alfred Schmidt revitalizes Karl Marx’s ...

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