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Towards an Ecological Civilization – Arran Gare

As part of NIBS Environmental focus in March, Philosopher Arran Gare will give a SEARCH Talk, about the topic of his forthcoming book – Towards an Ecological Civilization.


Arguing that culture is central to capitalism’s dynamics, Gare presents the thesis that an overcoming of capitalism requires a rejection of the dominant ontology based in economic categories of existence and its mechanistic approach to metaphysics.

Reading Marx as a cultural philosopher within the context of German Philosophy, against what he describes as orthodox tendencies that replicate capitalist conceptions of humans as economic subjects and a mechanistic world views of domination over the natural world, Gare holds that culture is primary, and cannot be dismissed as mere superstructure.

Building from this conclusion Gare argues that human freedom requires the creation of a culture that realizes humans as part of nature’s ecological processes, and provides alternatives to the current economic categories of existence.

Gare sees that the development of post-mechanistic science and ecology can provide alternative catagories, and is as central to overcoming capitalism and developing a radically different ecological civilization.”

Arran Gare is Associate Professor (Reader) in Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry and founder of the Joseph Needham Centre for Complex Processes Research, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia. The focus of his research is on transforming culture to create an environmentally sustainable global civilization. He has published widely on the history of culture, process metaphysics, the metaphysical foundations of the sciences, the philosophy of mathematics, complexity theory, human ecology, the emergent theory of mind, social and cultural theory and political philosophy. He is the author of Nihilism Incorporated: European Civilization and Environmental Destruction (Bungandore: Eco-Logical Press, 1993), Beyond European Civlization: Marxism, Process Philosophy and the Environment (Bungandore: Eco-Logical Press, 1993), Postmodernism and the Environmental Crisis (London: Routledge, 1995) and Nihilism Inc.: Environmental Destruction and the Metaphysics of Sustainability (Sydney: Eco-Logical Press, 1996). He is also the founding editor of the online journal Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy.

This is the first talk of the new SEARCH talk series – Book launches & talks aimed at better understanding Australia’s past and future from a progressive perspective.

Co-sponsored by the SEARCH Foundation, Trades Hall and The New International Bookshop.

Admission $10/$5 (student/unemployed)

Subversive Cinema – This Changes Everything


Back by popular demand and as part of its new Monthly Subversive Cinema Series, NIBS will host a second screening of the new film:

This Changes Everything’

The documentary inspired by the release of Naomi Klein’s new book

New International Book Shop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton

7pm, Thursday 3rd March

Entry: By Donation

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

See the trailor here:

New Books in February

The Great Climate Robbery: How the Food System Drives and What We Can Do About It – Bill McKibben – $25

The Politics of the Right – Leo Panitch and Greg Albo – $50

The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky – Victor Serge and Natalia Sedova Trotsky – $23

The Battle for Justice in Palestine – Ali Abunimah – $23

Austerity Ecology & The Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress Industry and Stuff – Leigh Phillips – $32

The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia – Frank Bongiorno – $40

An Economy is not a Society: Winners and Losers in the New Australia – Dennis Glover – $20

All the Beginnings: A Queer Autobiography of the Body – Quinn Eades – $25

The Booger Peril: A History of Things to Come – Ben Debney – $15

21 Stories of Transition – Rob Hopkins – $20

Understanding Class – Erik Olin Wright – $33

Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital – Jason W. Moore – $40

New Books in January

Capitalism Must Die! A basic introduction to capitalism: what it is, why it sucks and how to crush it – Stephanie McMillan – $25

The Dignity of Chartism – Dorothy Thompson – $25IMG_20160112_162903[1].jpg

Trans: A Memoir – Juliet Jacques – $25

Capitalism: A Ghost Story – Arundhati Roy – $15

The Extreme Centre: A warning  – Tariq Ali – $15

Disaster Capitalism: Making a killing out of Catastrophe: Antony Loewenstein

Speak Up, Reach Out: A life to Reckon with – Graham Smith – $30

Socialist Register: The Politcs of the Right – Leo Panitch & Greg Albo (eds) – $50

Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose – Peter Monteath & Valerie Munt – $40

The Muslims are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror – Arun Kundani – $20

The Blessing – Adrian Caesar – $30

Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a world without work – Nick Srnicek & Alex Williams – $25


NIBS now has Endnotes…

The influential British Marxist Journal is now available at NIBS. We have the latest edition (No 4) for $15. And the previous three editions for $5 each.


New: Daily Affirmations Calenders for Revolutionary Militants

NIBS have just received these really wicked new perpetual calenders. Ideal for all activists who take revolution seriously. And a wonderful satire on the ubiquitous self-help genre. Complete with a desk stand and wonderful illustrations by political cartoonist Stepanie McMillian.

Today’s Affirmation: I surround myself with sincere people who share common goals of ending exploitation and domination. Precisely.   Come in and get em. $35 each.



NIBS is Open for 2016!

Happy New Year to everyone. We are now open again for 2016, with our usual trading hours. Please come in for a chat and to look around. We have some ace new stock.

NIBS Holiday Close Times

Hi all,

NIBS will be open until Thursday 24th of December as normal. We will then be closed over the christmas/new year break from: Friday 25th December –  Monday 12th of January. We will open again on Tuesday 12th January.

From all of us at NIBS we wish you a great festive season.


How to make Trouble and Influence People – 2016 Diary

This awesome 2016 Diary is available at NIBS now for $15. Ever day commemorates a subversive action taken by ordinary Australian’s to challenge the status quo.

The book “How to Make Trouble” is also available at NIBS for $40




We (mostly) have Marx covered @ NIBS

While we don’t have it all (the dude wrote a lot!) NIBS has most of big M’s works covered. Nice classic Penguin formats. From Capital (1,2,3) to the Grundrisse, we have it. Why not grab yourself a copy and read up on the master’s work!


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