Books

  • Rebirth of the Sacred: Science, Religion, and the New Environmental Ethos
    by Robert Nadeau

    Rebirth of the Sacred: Science, Religion and the New Environmental Ethos Crisis (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).  One aim in this book is to demonstrate that there is a new basis for dialogue between the truths of science and religion that can serve as the basis for articulating and disseminating an environmental ethos with a profound spiritual dimension. The other is to make a convincing case that this ethos can be embraced by environmentally concerned people in the great religious traditions of the world and could serve as the catalyst for creating a worldwide religious movement committed to timely resolution of the environmental crisis.  

     
  • The Environmental Endgame: Mainstream Economics, Ecological Disaster, and Human Survival
    by Robert Nadeau

    The Environmental Endgame: Mainstream Economics, Ecological Disaster, and Human Survival (Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006). The central thesis in this book is that the cause of the crisis in the global environment and the manner in which it can be resolved are the same. The environmental crisis exists because our species evolved the capacity to acquire and use complex language systems about 65,000 years ago and this extraordinary development allowed fully modern humans to externalize ideas as artifacts and to organize collective activities in progressively larger systems of social organizations. And this crisis can be resolved by articulating new narratives about political and economic reality that can serve as the basis for implementing scientifically viable solutions for a large number of very menacing environmental problems. 

     
  • The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment
    by Robert Nadeau

    The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Failed the Environment (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003) This study demonstrates that neoclassical economic theory was created by substituting economic constructs derived from classical economics for physical variables in equations borrowed from a mid-nineteenth century theory in physics. A number of well- known mathematicians and physicists told the economists that created this theory (Walrus, Jevons, Fisher, Edgeworth and Pareto) that the economic constructs were utterly different from the physical variables and that there was no basis for assuming that the constructs were similar in any sense to the physical variables.

    But the economists apparently failed to comprehend how devastating these criticisms were and proceeded to claim they had transformed the study of economics into a rigorously mathematical scientific discipline. The large problem here is that the mathematical formalism which resulted from these substitutions was predicated on unscientific axiomatic assumptions about the dynamics of market systems which effectively undermine the prospect of implementing scientifically viable economic solutions for environmental problems, Strangely enough, the origins of neoclassical economic theory in mid-nineteenth physics were forgotten, subsequent generations of mainstream economists disguised the unscientific axiomatic assumptions under an increasingly more elaborate maze of mathematical formalism, and the claim that the theory is scientific was almost universally accepted.