First Published: 1977


A Guide for the Perplexed

Author: E.F. Schumacher 

Summary: A damning critique of scientific materialism - the summation of his life's work.

Jonathan Cape
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His final book published in 1977 shortly before his death was presented by Schumacher as being the summation of his life's work. It amounts to a statement of the philosophical basis for 'Small is Beautiful', and is also a condemnation of materialistic scientism - with many similarities to Theodore Rosak's 1973 'Where the Wasteland Ends'

As a philosophical work this was not directly influential on the development of the green movement in the UK, but is a valuable account of the type of thinking and ideas that were widely shared across the green culture.

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